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Celebrate 2022 Black History Month: Voting Rights, Critical Race Theory and Remembering George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks

Black Lives Matter Protests in 2020

Over the last 2 years, several major events have affected the Black community.  These events have included some progress, setbacks, and tragic moments. Progress includes the first Black woman Vice-President, Kamala Harris and the election of Rev. Raphael Warnock to the US Senate. Setbacks encompass the repression of Voting Rights in some states and the attempts to stop the teaching of Critical Race Theory. Human tragedies have reached new heights with the murders of  Blacks by the police or other people driven by hate, racism, and prejudice.  These three perspectives constitute the themes to reflect on during the Black History Month of 2022.

During the Black History Month, America, the Blacks in America and concerned people around the World pay tribute to Black figures, activists, politicians, and unsung heroes and heroines for the role they played in the U.S. history and their contributions to building the United States of America.

The proposed three themes for this year's Black History Month - progress, setbacks, and tragedies - need to be brought to the forefront, even as the times remain tough for Americans, in general and the Blacks community in particular, with continued  COVID-19 pandemic that has already killed, as of the beginning of February, 2022, 886,000 people, with  Black Americans disproportionately impacted, and the increasing racial extremism as highlighed by the January 6, 2021 riots with Confederate flags at the U.S. Capitol,  the on-going challenges against the Voting Rights, and the banning of teaching Critical race theory in public schools.


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Critical race theory, or CRT, is the perspective  that any analysis of American society must take into account the history of racism and how race has shaped attitudes, institutions, justice, corporations and others. 

Let us continue to reflect on the ideas captured in the poem by Amanda Gorman (see AfroAmerica Network: US 2020 Elections: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Sworn In; Former Vice-President of First Black President and First Black Woman Vice-President ), in these lines:

"For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us
This is the era of just redemption
We feared at its inception"
"Now we assert
How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was
but move to what shall be"
"For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it
If only we're brave enough to be it"

- Amanda Gorman

For more on the proposed themes, visit the following links: 

 @AfroAmerica Network, 2022.