I couldn't have said any better myself; the Iconic performer James Brown knew exactly what he was saying and why when he so eloquently uttered the words from his Iconic song "Say It Loud," "I'm Black, and I'm Proud." Thank you, Mr. Brown, for reminding each of us not to be ashamed of our humble beginnings but celebrate our continued Journey.
As we celebrate Black History and the many accomplishments achieved on the backs of so many black historians, inventors, doctors, writers, and business owners, our reflections should be positive. Our heritage is full of Kings and Queens and other prominent leaders who made great sacrifices and contributions to open doors for future opportunities. Their legacy is unrefutable, regardless of how much American history tried to downplay and dampen the contributions of blacks in America's development and growth. "Say It Loud," "I'm Black, and I'm Proud"
If you ever wondered why Black people have a reputation for being vocal, you need not look beyond this statement: "Oppress people, In-slave them, deny them rights and privileges, take from them, beat them, and even kill them, and you too will be vocal." "Say It Loud," "I'm Black, and I'm Proud." As we celebrate, it's okay to reflect, but let's keep moving forward and not focus so much on the struggle, but each day put one foot forward, progressing the movement toward total equality. The Bible clearly outlines for us to keep our eyes on the prize, not looking back, but looking up toward the hills from whence cometh my help, my help comes from the Lord.
We have a lot to be thankful for; if you woke up this morning, the Lord has shown you great mercy and grace. Be grateful; you have another opportunity to progress the movement. Let's not waste it on vanity and unproductive living. We need to reinvest in black businesses supporting them financially while encouraging them to continue regardless of the glass roadblocks that await them. We need to come to their aid when they find themselves in trouble and need help, guidance, or advice. Let's rally together and stop the black disfunction of Blacks not supporting Blacks. If someone makes it, don't get jealous, but partner with them and find out their ingredients for success that you can mimic to jump-start your business or endeavor. Black Businesses that have made it don't turn your eye away from those that helped you get there; reach back and help another black business attain the same success you may be enjoying. If we keep replicating this behavior, our future will be bright. With all the educated young talent coming behind us, we can position them to become the next leaders of the free world, leveling the equality gap whereby their impact on society will be significant. "Say It Loud," "I'm Black, and I'm Proud."
Today, I have a call for action in celebration of "Black History." I want the entire African American community to download the Iconic song "Say It Loud," "I'm Black, and I'm Proud" by James Brown. Ask your parents for young people who may not recognize the title. While you're driving down the road and think about our black heroes, I want you to turn that song up loud and then "Say It Loud," "I'm Black, and I'm Proud." When you hear that song playing in someone else's car, you turn yours on and give them a gentle honk to let them know how proud you are; we are to be black in America. "Say It Loud," "I'm Black, and I'm Proud."