It’s Black History Month in the US and Canada. So what does it mean to be black? There are many answers.
Much is made of the aspects of black history that are about resistance – how we survived and continue to survive elaborate violence. But that isn’t our whole story. How can it be?
Our sparkling bodies were crossing river Joliba for generations before European eyes ever "discovered" it. We lived in geometrically precise walled cities and traversed seas and deserts with the stars to guide us. We stacked scrolls of knowledge from wall to far wall; many of our libraries continue to sing. We spoke multiple languages to one another and to our ancestors. We still do.
Black history is being made every day because we are alive to ourselves and to the world. If we resist, it is because we understand intimately that we are here to live well, and live free.
To be black is to irrevocably shape the future. That is who we’ve always been, and who we’ll always be.