Monday, February 28, 2005

Things To Do For Black History Month Day 28

Things To Do For Black History Month Day 28: Share What You Have Learned

Well, this is the last post of this series. I can't believe I made it. This was the first time that I attempted a daily (for the most part) series of posts and at times, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to finish it. I am very happy that I received some feedback from people who have visited. I know that not a lot of people visit this blog (unless I surf the blog exchanges) so I am grateful for even one comment that comes from someone I don't know.

With that in mind, my final suggestion for this series is to share what you have learned with others. I think a lot of people are in the dark when it comes to black history. They hear the same old names each February and then blacks are not talked about again unless it's about slavery or the Civil Rights Movement. Black History Month is merely a time to shine a spotlight on an area of history that is sometimes neglected. It shouldn't be the only time to study and learn black history. As McDonald's put it in their history is 365 days a year. No one really expects you to seek out black history every single day of your life. However, if you happen to pick up The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois in May, that would be a good thing.

Tell your friends and family the things you have learned from this month. Show them that Spike Lee movie you found out you liked or suggest to them that book of poetry by Maya Angelou you enjoyed. Take them to a local jazz club in June or invite them to go with you to a predominantly black church. Don't limit yourself to just what has been suggested here. There are a lot of interesting ideas that I didn't use. Watch a Sidney Poitier film like Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. Visit a historically black college or university. Have fun, enlighten someone, educate yourself. You can do that regardless of what day it is on the calendar.

Thanks a lot for visiting this blog during this series. I hope you come back every so often as I go back to my standard format of musings on my personal life, pop culture, movies, TV, and music. Also, I encourage you to come back on April Fools Day. I am planning something really interesting this year. In the meantime, here is a complete list of the Things To Do For Black History Month postings:

Day 1: Read A Slave Narrative
Day 2: Listen To Some Good Hip-Hop Music
Day 3: Visit A Museum Dealing With Black History
Day 4: Explore The Liberal/Conservative Debate From A Black Perspective
Day 5: Visit Some "Blackblogz"
Day 6: Visit A Black Church
Day 7: Watch A "Blaxploitation" Movie
Day 8: Read Some Black Speculative/Science Fiction
Day 9: Listen To Some Classic R&B/Soul Music
Day 10: Watch A Racially Insensitive Portrayal Of African-Americans
Day 11: Donate To A Charity That Helps African-Americans/Africans
Day 12: Take An African-American Studies/History Course
Day 13: Eat/Cook Some Soul Food
Day 14: Watch A Good Spike Lee Film
Day 15: Go To A Jazz/Blues Club
Day 16: See The Films That Feature This Year's Black Oscar Nominees/Winners
Day 17: Volunteer
Day 18: Watch Some Black Cartoons
Day 19: Read Some African-American Poetry
Day 20: Watch A Black Sketch Comedy/Variety Show
Day 21: Look For Black History Month Programs On TV
Day 22: Attend/Read An African-American Play
Day 23: Remember African-American Sports Pioneers
Day 24: Seek Out Good African-American Novels/Short Stories
Day 25: Read Nigger By Randall Kennedy
Day 26: Watch A "UPN Show"
Day 27: Read The Writings Of Malcolm X and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Day 28: Share What You Have Learned
Addendum: Remember Ossie Davis
Addendum: Animation's First Black Animator
Addendum: Lackawanna Blues
Addendum: Disney's Song of The South Is Headed To DVD!

1 comment:

  1. That's awesome and just so very admirable of you to try to do all of that.

    I'll be back to check in on your progress!!