Well…best laid plans. I intended to write a post on Black History month and continuing to educate ourselves on this important part of American history as well as the fight for racial justice. But instead, snowpocolypse hit much of the south and Texas faced unprecedented (man, I weary of that word) power outages leaving us and millions of others without electricity, heat, and in some cases water. All the while temps reached only into the teens and dropped to single digits every night.
Hotels booked quickly and roads were not safe to travel since the Lone Star State doesn’t have many sand trucks nor other equipment to clear the roads. Sweet friends living just around the block blessed us with their electricity and extra beds. Grateful can’t describe our feelings. So grateful in fact, that upon finally moving back home, we returned the favor to another family without power.
We enjoyed great fellowship and some laughs, but not any alone time to work or write. So here I sit – safe, sound and warm. But out of time. So I will simply simply share the things used to learn from in honor of Black History Month.
- I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. This book is hard to read. But not nearly so hard as it was and probably still is for Ms. Brown to live. And after hearing some of what can constitute a microaggression, I am more convinced than ever that I have more work to do personally. I believe this author will continue to be a powerful voice in the battle for racial equity.
- How to Fight Racism with Jemar Tisby. Since I already had my February read picked out, my husband joined me in watching this series based on the book of the same name. Tisby lays out his ARC method – Awareness, Relationship and Commitment as a means of battling racial injustice. He packs each 20 minute episode with eye opening, helpful and challenging information. While episodes on Amazon cost $4.99 each (well worth it), if you have access to RightNow Media you can watch for free!
- Africa Before Transatlantic Enslavement and 5 Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. The folks at Be the Bridge reminded me that Black History Month is not just about the struggles of people of color, but their contributions. They recommended these two articles. I’m almost not smart enough to read the first. It took some concentration. But both taught me a lot!
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