Whatever happened to Black History Month?

Frankly Speaking

I had already penned the lead caption when I realized that today being only the first day of February 2013, might make my offering both preemptive and premature. But I decided to proceed. So you would still be reading this right now. So what I am going on about?

It’s the Fenty curiosity about the celebration/observance of Black History Month, alternatively called African Heritage Month.  Concomitant with the Republic Anniversary activities here, February was/is (?) the month set aside for African- descended Guyanese citizens – and People of Colour elsewhere – to reflect upon their origins and heritage, their achievements, challenges and plans for a satisfactory future.

So is the month still on? Will the established and newly-created Afro-Guyanese representative organizations roll out their programmes for all to see? I hope I’m not rebuked and told that that is none of my (non-African) Business! I love all groups occupying the Guyana space. (I might even be described as “black-minded” by a few who “know” me.) And I have discerned in recent years, a definite falling off of the intensity, variety and importance regarding this particular ethnic-specific activity. I wonder why.

Rebellion and Achievement…

Any national observance of such occasions as Black History/African Heritage must eschew arrogance, or intimidation of other groups.

The celebration should be robust but dignified and invested with lasting meaningful, practical lessons and projects. There must be activities- both celebratory and cerebral, to benefit participants beyond any one designated day, week or month.

I’ve always griped over the one dimensional nature of “African” celebrations …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



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