February Wrap Up Tribute to Black History Month

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As Black History Month comes to a close in the ever-short four weeks of February, my spirit is fertile from researching and appreciating multiculturalism. Many of us aren’t concerned with gender, race, or nationality. But really, check out mainstream media and politics. The “it” topic is everywhere. As humans, we’re still struggling to transcend limits created by labels. Labels do count, as much as we’d like to assume otherwise.


I just finished reading The Secret Daughter, A Mixed-Race Daughter and The Mother Who Gave ...by June Cross. It’s a powerful memoir by a Harvard graduate and prize - winning TV producer. Trust me, if you like page - turning memoirs you’ll not be disappointed.


I’d like to honor the accomplishment side of the struggle of our sisters and brothers who pioneered in the past. Here’s a shout out to all those continuing to work in the field of humanitarian effort and education.


My old blog has been taken down-I am going to re-write the favorite posts to stay updates with history and current events.


“So much stunning work in literature, music, art, philosophy, academics and business has been, and still is being done by African Americans in the US. Where to begin? Add every other category - medicine, research, science, sports, philanthropy, women’s health, theatre, film, opera, aviation and politics- you name it-a person of color is a key contributor.


I took Black History in high school. Let me tell you times were jumpin'.  I was enthralled, in love, smitten, and captivated by anything to do with history, culture, the arts, books, and music. Black history class my made my soul swim. In downtown Cleveland on playgrounds and in mixed neighborhoods, kids would dance/march in formation to James Brown’s song Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud. You had to see it. It was perfect choreography done by kids in schoolyards and on street corners-a precursor to break-dancing and hip-hop. They moved with such precision, dignity, and intensity that it's hard to describe in words, but I'll try. Impeccable.”  


I often find inspiration for writing by looking at images. Soul collage(trademark) cards are a fun project to seduce your muse into visiting. Add collage to journaling, blogging, and self - expression. Just cut out magazine pictures assemble your own photos, or piece together shapes and colors-you are the artist. 


 Carry on!





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Comment by Sue Rowland on February 28, 2011 at 5:13pm
OK. Great to meet you LaShaun. I'm interested in hearing your what you think. I'm on a roll with memoirs. Joy on the journey.
Comment by LaShuan Michelle on February 28, 2011 at 4:33pm
It is not on itunes, but I just listened to a 28 minute interview where she talked about the book and I am going to purchase it from Amazon, thanks for the recommendation.
Comment by LaShuan Michelle on February 28, 2011 at 3:55pm

Thank you for this post. I just tweeted yesterday that the 28 days of February have been consumed with life changing current events, little time was left to remember all those great successes and contributions made by African Americans. I love audio books, Im a multi-tasker and cant bare to focus on only one thing at a time... but I am going to check itunes & audible.com to see if "The Secret Daughter, A Mixed-Race Daughter and The Mother Who Gave ...by June Cross" is available. If it is I will be sure to come back and tell you how it made me feel.


Thanks again!

Comment by Sue Rowland on February 28, 2011 at 3:10pm

Hi, yes-thank goodness for educators! Great to meet you and thanks for commenting.  Soul Collage by Seena B. Frost is a wonderful book. www.soulcollage.com. You can use it for just about any age and for any subject matter. My "senior" journaling group loves to do collage and you should see what they do! Wow.

Patricia, I'm still learning the tech side of things like tags etc. Be patient with me, ok? 

Comment by Patricia A. McGoldrick on February 28, 2011 at 2:05pm

There certainly has been a lot of progress in education!

Soul collage cards sound like a great idea!



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