Entries in black history (23)
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, co-founder of the civil rights group the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and fearless activist, died Wednesday at 89, leaving behind a bare-knuckle legacy of fighting for human rights. Shuttlesworth survived attacks on him and his family by the Ku Klux Klan in his effort to integrate Alabama's buses and survived beatings by mobs to integrate schools. But in the effort to silence him, Shuttlesworth only grew more resolute in his mission. The once whiskey still runner turned preacher famously said: "God made me dynamite-proof." (The Root)
I was worried at first when I started to watch this based on the title alone, but then it became deliciously hilarious towards the end.
Welcome, my *pause* brethren and sisthren! It is Black History Month, 28 days of reminiscing about the colorful past of us melanin-blessed individuals. This is the time where kids get to see Frederick Douglass' afro side-part in class. The children get to learn about gun-toting Harriet, who told folks to either be free or die. "I have a dream" will be recited to PIECES. Even Martin Luther King be giving the *side-eye* from up above like "Dang! Y'all know how to wear something into the ground."
Early on this month when I was in one of my moments of melancholy weakness over on thing or another I started texting my friend and fellow St. Louisian Negro Intellectual about how a recent depressing moment at work. My boss, a human rights/peace activist was bemoaning how the immaturity of the Bush Administration and its rush to politicize the war effort tragically damaged how many view the role of the military versus our civil justice system ... among several other things. He was wondering how long would it take for people to be rational about national security and not react on a purely fear-based emotional level. And I pointed out that I'd told our other boss about the lengthy struggle of African Americans and how went it comes to moving things to a more progressive view things tend to take time -- and in our case -- hundreds of years.
Upon hearing this he, half jokingly, exclaimed: "Great! I'm wasting my youth on stupidity!"
The Black Snob's Annual Black History Month Post Where She Complains About Black History Month (Rants)
When I was a little girl my mother, determined that I would learn my past, my culture, my family history, etc, chased me around with books. She didn't have to run me down too hard. I loved to read and I loved history. So I sat and read whatever she gave me. Malcolm X's autobiography? Awesome. A history of kings and queens of Africa? Right on. St. Louis' own Dick Gregory's autobiography "Nigger?" Love that book. Thurgood Marshall's story in "Dream Makers, Dream Breakers?" One of my favorite books to this day. From daily lessons courtesy of Kawanzaa Kunjufu to my mother, the "militant" parent of Keeven Elementary School, fighting for an MLK Day program at my mostly black elementary school. She was determined to make sure her children (and a few other kids) got their full dose of their culture and history.
President Barack Obama and baseball great Willie Mays talk the game and history on Air Force One.
Did anyone else find it adorable that Obama escorted Mays to the All-Star Game in St. Louis, Mo. on Air Force One? I about died of happiness when I saw the president escort Mays down the steps of the plane.
Disclaimer: I am not, or have I ever been affiliated with a Greek-organization (unless IG Phi IG is one. But our charter wasn't approved. We even had colors picked out and everything! We repped Houndstooth. *shakes fists*). I am not a hater of fraternities & sororities, nor have I ever tried to pledge one and got declined. (In fact, one of my best friends is Greek. *cackles*), so I'm not bitter either. I'm just a snarky blogger who is an equal opportunity roaster. Let tongue meet cheek. If this ruffles feathers, my bad. I don't want no protesting stroll-offs happening on my blog. I don't want to have to break any lines on my eCrib & get eJumped by nobody. I come in peace (and IG).
Folks take their Black Greek affiliations se'ous! Folks rock their letters before rocking that Family Reunion shirt (yes I know it's flimsy and lime green and has that stubborn ketchup stain on it. But you get my point). If stuck between fighting for their blood brother and their frat brother, a couple of people would pause for a minute to think about it. By the time they make their decisions, one of their brothers has disowned them and said "that's that bullsh*t." I'm just saying. THIS lets you know how big of a deal Greek-hood can be to some.
This is why I was taken aback (albeit while laughing uncontrollably) when I found out that William Jefferson Clinton has been inducted as an honorary member of the historically Black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma.