January 16, 2018
Reality in Consciousness HISTORY IN THE NOW
Celebrating our ancestors is an everyday acknowledgement and honor. We are mature enough to understand that their recognition is not meant for a one day out of the year holiday event to consider their sacrifices, strength, intellect, and leadership qualities. Dr. King and many others stood- up to the government’s hostility and hate directed towards the melaninated individuals in the U.S. that continue to still abruptly perpetuate today a population of only 14% of “black” people http://blackdemographics.com/ . What I find even more disturbing around this time is the fact that some will go as far as to putting forth the initiative to shop the MLK deals of the week at mattress and furniture stores, further rocking indigenous/melaninated peoples back to sleep in their participation, but those are just my thoughts to what I see. I do resume in knowing how it’s important to see the communities around us celebrating our ancestors outside of the westernized way with their depictions of us (Holywood).
Besides that, I’m currently residing at this time, in a predominantly all European city and state, Portland, OR. I find that it’s a bit difficult sometimes to locate details to when and where Afrocentric activities are taking place in the city for more apparent and visible reasons.
Today, I took it upon myself and did some fieldwork to discover if any Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Celebration here around Portland are being hosted throughout the week. There are 6 observances dedicated to the great Rev. Dr. and his works around the “rose city” over the course of this week http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/01/six_ways_to_celebrate_martin_l.html . All 6 events will be greatly received but I have my eye on a very special event coming up January 17th.
At Vancouver’s Clark College on Jan 17th, a travelling museum exhibit titled Black History 101 Mobile Museum, will display a compilation of more than 7,000 artifacts centering on the pivotal events and personalities of 1968. There will be an exceptional presentation given by Professor Griff, a former artist in the rap group Public Enemy. I know that the brotha Professor Griff is an ideal speaker, activist, artist, lecturer, author, father, and etc. to speak on the works of any key and monumental experiences throughout time. Check out one of his media pages here -à https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9TR96dJYWccqjqNWjF7eqQ
From 1 o 2pm in the student center, Professor Griff will talk about how the events of the late 1960s help form Public Enemy’s work. Guest are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the Clark college Penguin Pantry and The Share House Backpack program from 10a.m- 6p.m January 17. Vancouver’s Clark College Link http://www.clark.edu/cc/mlk
Remember that each day is the best way to honor our beloved ones, Peace.
Written by: Reality S.J Fields
About the Author
S.J is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Health & Wellness Consultant, Author of “The Traditional Modalities for Healing”, Blogger & owner of www.realitynconsciousness.com. In her Blogs, she enjoys writing Inspirational Tips about the utilization of Holistic Tools, such as Mindfulness, Awareness of the inner-self & its environment, weekly Affirmations for Sexual Abuse Survivors, & Afrikan Spirituality. She also loves reading, travel, fitness, & creating new vegan recipes.
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