Black History: Self-Care All the More
February is officially known as Black History. Wait a minute! Happy New Year!!! This is my first blog since October 2019. I took a reprieve to think about the direction of my blog. Well, self-care was still heavy on me and the more I looked at what was happening in our world from international to local I knew I couldn’t leave that arena.
When I drive I have a tendency to look at people waiting at bus stops or walking down the street. Facial expressions, body language, and hearing random conversations stimulate my imagination or intensely think about that person’s life. I wonder what situations or challenges are producing that look on their face; or, the words that are coming from their mouth with varied emotions to someone or about someone. When those behaviors and words are being released in the atmosphere how are they affecting those around them? Do they float to infiltrate a vessel who is in the same mood as the person who spoke them? The skin is our largest organ. Is that energy resting on the skin in hopes that the vessel will be deficient in positive energy and will be absorbed in a new host? These things concern me. Why? Because if you listen to the news, look at your family, co-workers, friends, everybody is struggling with something, but is that mood or energy actually there’s or someone else’s? Are you mindful of your energy to notice the change in you or just allow the energy to overtake your emotions and mood claiming it as your own?
I’m ashamed to admit this, but early on in school, I didn’t really think about the emotional and psychological effects that 19th and 20th century African American’s endured until books or studies were introduced to me. Escaping a lynching, being a first, or watching family members, and neighbors murdered. Our legacy is great, but paid with a great cost. I know in most Black families you are taught to not cry, share your feelings, or God forbid, talk to a counselor. But things have changed since more affluent people are revealing how if they didn’t attend counseling sessions they probably wouldn’t have made it.
I chose a different African American for each day beginning today, the 3rd. Each week on Monday I will add an African American and what they contributed to the culture and America. Some you may recognize and some you may want to read more about.
- February 3rd – Artherine Lewis – Plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case styled Lucy v. Adams which prevented the University of Alabama from denying admission solely based on race or color.
- February 4th – Tony Dungy – Tony Dungy becomes the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007.
- February 5th – Clifton R. Wharton Sr. – Was an American diplomat, and the first African American diplomat to become an ambassador by rising through the ranks of the Foreign Service rather than by political appointment such as Frederick Douglass.
- February 6th – Arthur Ashe – First Black man to win at Wimbledon, the US OPEN, and the Australian Open believes to have contracted HIV from heart bypass surgery dies.
- February 7th – Carter G. Woodson ‘The Father of Black History’. Look him up and read what he started.
- February 8th – Harry S. McAlpin – Initially denied for a congressional press pass to the White house eventually he was accredited as the first African-American reporter to attend a U.S. Presidential news conference in 1944.
I’m sure these brave men and women had some anxiety and of course there is no record of their private lives for obvious reasons. It’s okay to allow yourself to talk to a counselor, a trusted clergy, or join a group that exhibits a space of integrity and safety. Keeping information internalized for too long will produce damaging results to your mind, body and soul.
Remember, self-care can be produced in so many ways. Saying “NO!” to someone without an explanation is the biggest avenue. It opens the way for you to do something you really want to or just stay at home and just be. Go take that class or join a hobby you like. Mine is jewelry making. In fact, stay tuned for my custom made aromatherapy jewelry for Valentine’s Day.
Allow yourself not just this month but every day to do something that is just for you. Self-care is crucial to your well-being. You have a p
*Above information about the African Americans are gathered from sites on the internet.*
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