By Freddie Taylor, CEO of City Intellectuals
Nationwide — Undecided who controls your Black Historical past programming, however City Intellectuals is seeking to shake issues up. The corporate that focuses on Black Historical past Made Simple is ditching the identical outdated discussions on Black Historical past Month and prompting a contemporary perspective.
That is LONG OVERDUE.
Cease Speaking in regards to the SAME PEOPLE 12 months after 12 months!!
As this nation celebrates Black Historical past Month, the discussions are prone to embody the identical eight to 12 figures 12 months after 12 months. City Intellectuals amplify the decision for a extra numerous, inclusive, and highly effective understanding of the previous.
It’s not that we don’t acknowledge the significance of figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and so on. We consider there are numerous different influential Black figures and occasions whose tales should be advised and celebrated. We’re dedicated to broadening the narrative and spotlighting these often-overlooked people that may encourage and encourage.”
The issue with solely discussing 8 to 12 folks
The difficulty we face pretending Black historical past is barely related when discussing the identical folks time and again, 12 months after 12 months, is it paints the phantasm that Black and African folks haven’t contributed a lot to humanity. That is ridiculous. The Black and African contribution runs huge and deep by way of the historical past of humanity.
But, our tales aren’t being advised.
Dr. John Henrik Clarke warned, “We’re being written out the respectable commentary of historical past.”
These phrases ring true to at the present time. The tragedy is Black persons are collaborating within the dying of our historical past by permitting the dialog to be narrowed to the identical 8 to 12 folks.
Cease being lazy!!
It wanted to be stated.
This insanity persists due to one among two issues.
We’re simply being lazy and complacent accepting the established order.Or you might be scared.
You’re afraid to push again on the Europeanized, sanitized model of Black historical past so that you don’t upset people who you serve.
In the meantime, our self-confidence, perception in our neighborhood, and our youngsters are being destroyed from the within out as a result of after they search greatness on the earth, the pictures that come again don’t appear like them. This can be a travesty and we should cease this instantly.
Pay attention. Somebody has to shake your shoulders and wake you up. We’re nonetheless telling the identical tales and historical past from after I was an eight-year-old little one. That was nearly 40 years in the past. When will we elevate our heads, straighten our backs, and declare Black Historical past is World Historical past? And the complete story must be advised. We frequently say that Black Historical past is the best motivational story ever advised.
Nicely, it’s about time we inform it. Our neighborhood is in a important place. We’d like constructive inspiration and motivation to reign down on us so we will consider within the infinite potentialities of our future.
This Black Historical past Month is a good time to start out.
This Black Historical past Month, City Intellectuals invitations everybody to ‘develop the dialog’ and discover the tales of greater than the conventionally acknowledged figures. This initiative is not only about imparting information, however about fostering appreciation for the breadth and depth of Black historical past and its enduring affect on our world at the moment.
City Intellectuals aren’t simply speaking the discuss, they’re strolling the stroll with narrative-bursting merchandise that illuminate the worldwide contributions of Black folks on this planet.
City Intellectuals have been seen in Goal, Essence, NPR, NewsOne, Fox Soul, Amazon, Black Enterprise, and extra.
Virtually 500,000 decks of their world-famous Black Historical past Flashcards by City Intellectuals have been bought in all 50 states and internationally.
Their 5-deck collection of Black Historical past Flashcards options 52 playing cards in every deck, that’s 260 playing cards whole throughout the collection! They characteristic historical past beginning over 35,000 years in the past and coming as much as at the moment. It features a normal historical past collection, all Black girls, STEAM contributions, a pre-1492 historical past, and the Afro-Latin and Afro-Carriebean collection.
They’ve an unique Black Historical past Month provide that you need to take a look at to develop the dialog, narrative, and understanding of the contributions to humanity Black folks have made.
Did we point out you could possibly win a FREE Journey to Africa?
In sync with their initiative, City Intellectuals is internet hosting a contest providing a FREE journey to Africa. Geared toward facilitating a deeper understanding and appreciation of African historical past and heritage, individuals can go to https://retailer.urbanintellectuals.com/sp/blackhistorymonth24/ for particulars.
Be part of the motion
To hitch the journey of discovering extra about Black historical past, comply with City Intellectuals on their social media platforms: @UrbanIntellectuals on Fb, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and X. For any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About City IntellectualsUrban Intellectuals is the Black Historical past Made Simple firm devoted to increasing the narrative on Black folks in historical past and utilizing it as a weapon to empower them to greatness. That is finished by way of Black historical past merchandise, like flashcards, enjoying playing cards, video games for the tradition, and even Bingo. Additionally they have the #1 Black Historical past Membership for Youngsters, the Sankofa Membership. And eventually, they take their neighborhood on Black Historical past Journey Experiences with their City Intellectuals Journey Motion.