Celebrate 2023 Black History Month: Voting Rights, Critical Race Theory, Black Resistance

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Over the last 3 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, the election and re-election of Rev. Raphael Warnock to the US Senate and some wins in murder cases against innocent Blacks. Setbacks encompass the repression of Voting Rights in some states, the attempts to stop the teaching of Critical Race Theory and the continued murders of Blacks people. Human tragedies have reached new heights with the murders of  Blacks by the police or other people driven by hate, racism, and prejudice. The theme of 2023 Black history month is: Black Resistance

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 Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)  has explained the importance of  the Black Resistance theme as follows:  “By resisting, Black people have achieved triumphs, successes, and progress as seen in the end of chattel slavery, dismantling of Jim and Jane Crow segregation in the South, increased political representation at all levels of government, desegregation of educational institutions, the passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964, the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History in DC and increased and diverse representation of Black experiences in media."

The proposed theme builds on the three themes of 2022 Black History Month:  progress, setbacks, and tragedies. Hence, the combined themes need to be brought to the forefront given the on-going challenges against the Voting Rights, and the banning of teaching Critical race theory in public schools, and the recent murders of Blacks by the police (see Celebrate 2022 Black History Month: Voting Rights, Critical Race Theory and Remembering George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks)


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The start of the month happens when Tyre Nichols, whose violent arrest and subsequent death three days later, on January 10, 2023, prompted widespread grief and outrage, was being laid to rest in Memphis, Tennessee.  Vice-President Kamala Harris and several other administration officials attended the funeral service.

Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.  Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, along with the members of Tyre Nichols' family spoke at the funeral and called for  "justice." 

During his violent arrest, Tyre Nichols, 29, a Black man and a father of a 4-years old was beaten, punched, tased,  and chocked by 5 Black officers.

In this year, the communities are asked to remember the murdered  Blacks, including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna TTaylor, Rayshard Brooks, and  Tyre Nichols.

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


 @AfroAmerica Network, 2023.