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PASSING OUT FLOWERS

by REDDEX Washington

We all know the month of February is observed as Black History Month. Leading up to it, I was having conversations with my sons that are 7 and 8 years old. In the conversations, I noticed a disconnect between them and Black History Month.

As I thought of the disconnect, I thought of myself and whether I connected to Black History Month? I went down memory lane: Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Fredrick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman … I’ve always heard these names but have never met or seen these people.

That’s when the lightbulb went off. REDDEX, you know them, but can’t connect with these people from Black History. REDDEX, your kids don’t connect with these people from Black History. I will always respect Black History and be thankful for all of the great black leaders and what they did, but I wanted my kids to learn from something they could identify with now.

So, for the month of February, in HONOR of Black History Month, I decided to spotlight a different local black hero that my kids could connect with, those heroes that are the “future” of  Black History, those here and now that have done something they can do more than read about in a book. They can sit down, shake hands, and talk to these people … a local tribute.

My momma always said “give me flowers while I’m alive.” February has been a month of giving flowers. And I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this flower ceremony of Black History Month.

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