Black American History 2017: The Root of Oppression is Loss of Memory, Our Remembrance Renaissance

Standing in truth’s place
At the interface of land and water
Untold stories rattle spirits
Remembrance revives souls
A foot poised above ancestral footsteps
Makes present moment awareness
surreal and transcendent
– Truth’s Place: A Pilgrimage to Historic U.S. Transatlantic Slave Trade Ports, Part I,
Kim-Marie Walker Copyright© 2016   (In-progress nonfiction work as of January 2017)

So much is going on, these days, as we enter Black American History Month, February 2017. Americans awake and activate to a new reality. Our many disenfranchised and powerful voices, heavy with potential to unite, are also, as Jean Shinoda Bolen eloquently states, “…on the leading edge of transformational change anticipated by ancient, indigenous and astrological calendars. […helping to] bring what mothers universally want their children to everyone: a peaceful world, good food, air, and water, universal education, medical care, the chance to develop and grow physically, intellectually, and spiritually.”

Yes, we’re doing that work while individually, manifesting change through varied passionate and dynamic pursuits. (BTW… ‘we’ is anybody who is for inner and global peace [of mind] and justice whilst activated in the present moment for the highest good of all.)

With so many righteous voices and the ‘browning’ of America, Black Americans remain vigilant in remembering our history. What I’ve found to be true is that, since the latter part of the 20th century, more Black Americans are redefining/rewriting/expanding Black American history with greater clarity and truth, dispelling centuries of lies/half-truths and stingy acknowledgement of our incredibly layered past. Did you know: Continue reading