Black History.

Malcolm X taught me how to be a man. He taught me that there are some things worth fighting for. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught me peace. He taught me that even in the most extreme of circumstances, peace is still a form of elegance. Marcus Garvey taught me that pride in your place of origin is a form of power. Frederick Douglass taught me that there are some things worth sacrificing your place of comfort, safety, and success. Harriet Tubman taught me that until all of us are free, none of us are. Nat Turner taught me that the life of one man can have a great impact on all of those who succeed him. Steven Biko taught me that true liberation is worth dying for. Nelson Mandela taught me that justice has no expiration date. Madam CJ Walker taught me that there are no excuses for not becoming the person I dream of when I sleep. Dr. Ernest Everett Just, Dr. Oscar James Cooper, Bishop Edgar Amos Love, and Professor Frank Coleman taught me the power of Black Manhood and Friendship. Benjamin Banneker taught me how to dream. Booker T. Washington taught me to use what I know in order to achieve what I want. W.E.B. DuBois taught me to infiltrate the educational halls of my former oppressors in order to not only demonstrate, but personify, we are equals. Oprah Winfrey taught me that the place of your origin doesn’t always determine your destination. Jay Z taught me that the lessons learned while living in poverty actually work to my advantage when living in a place of success. Russell Simmons taught me that just because something doesn’t exist, if I can see it in my mind, it’s already real. Van Jones taught me that Black Manhood isn’t linear. It’s okay to cry and fight at the same time. You see, Black History is more than yesterday. To me, Black History is every day of my life. As I inspire, I am inspired. My Mother taught me Love. The Men in my Community taught me Manhood. My BEST friends that I refer to as The Council taught me Friendship. Dr. Patricia Grant taught me that a poor boy from the inner city is actually smart. Juanita Long, my high school English teacher, made me believe that I could write. Mr. Gerts, our local “candy store” owner taught me the power of owning your own business. I put candy story in parentheses because he also sold crabs, loosies (individual cigarettes), and other legal things. Dapper Dan taught me Black Style. Again, My Mother taught me Love. Racquel taught me Beauty and Inspiration. Julie taught me the beauty of Music. Mike a.k.a., “D’Angelo,” taught me that the mysteries of my mind have the potential of being understood by more than me. As I celebrate Black History, I celebrate my existence. Toya taught me magic. Melissa, you taught me faith. Yenkie, you taught me to Love me. Lia, you taught me that I AM a great educator. William, you are my lighthouse. Wendy, you taught me responsibility. Mr. Washington, you taught me Black Manhood. Uncle Joe, you taught me strength and dependability. Jay Jay, I have no words. You were the very first. I love you more than me. Mu, you did it Brother. CJ, Jay Jay, Xa, Mu, Rell, E, Horace, Tony, Vic, Rob, May, Ray, Jimmy, Calvin, Eric, Steve, I shared the real me with all of you before I actually knew what it was. I love you, for you are all my real Brothers. Dr. Brenda Seals, thank you for believing in me. Governor Wilder, thank you for encouraging me to stand in my truths. Tavis Smiley, thank you for believing in me. There have been so many people that look like me that breathed life into me. For that, I am thankful. I am a living testament that God is real. I am the dream that my Mother never actualized for herself. I am Africa liberated. As we celebrate Black History Month, I have two words for all of those that came before me; Thank You… I am because you were…Patrick

As always, this week, please do something for someone other than yourself for no reason at all other than to make their lives better. Also, if you make it to where you’re going, please don’t forget to leave a map for the rest of us. Always Choose Love Because Love Changes Everything…

3 thoughts on “Black History.

  1. La Toya Grady February 1, 2021 / 2:18 am



  2. Moet Dupree February 6, 2021 / 4:33 pm

    This was a very nice read. 👏🏽🙂


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