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Where Is the Love?

Volume 3 Number 5

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We continue our Black History Month series of articles curated by guest editor, William Spivey. The week, Cocoa Griot makes her Our Human Family (OHF) debut with a spectacular story of the Underground Railroad to Mexico and the importance of teaching history accurately from an inclusive point of view. Medium fan-favorite and OHF writer Tre L. Loadholt ponders “how far we have come” and “how far we still have to go” in light of Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Glenn Rocess heralds new developments in the realm of rocket science thanks to a more inclusion immigration policy. And Ajah Hales clues us in on Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s “overnight” ascent to notoriety.

No matter if you’re basking in the balmy subtropical climate of the southeast, or huddled to keep warm in the grips of Old Man Winter in the northeast, or soaking up the sun in the southwest—make yourself comfortable and expand your awareness of these incredibly brilliant Black and People of Color. You’ll be glad you did! William Spivey promised this wouldn’t be the Black History Month of old—and his cadre of writers are delivering the goods!

New This Week

The Little-Known History of the Underground Railroad to Mexico
by Cocoa Griot

“Portrait of Vicente Guerrero,” painting by Anacleto Escutia, photo by Eduardo Báez, from the collection in Museo Nacional de Historia, Ciudad de Mexico

There is a passion in my heart for history that began in my junior year of college. An African American studies course opened my eyes to an important fact: In previous grades, I suffered through His Story, not history class. The realization that my history education experience had been filled with the schoolyard bully accounts of conflicts was incredibly painful. This set me on a course to learn the truth.

When I became an educator, I did not impart to my students the legacy of lies that my teachers taught me. My pupils deserved to know the truth about historical events, and I was determined to teach it to them. Teaching them about the damaging effects of white supremacy was imperative to me.

Whitewashing history reinforces the narrative that only white people make substantive contributions to the world. I view this as an ongoing andorchestrated attack on the psyche of Black and Brown people. The truth ofhistory will not only set us free, but it will also help unite us to fight a common enemy: racism.

Read the article in Our Human Family.

They Have a Dream
by Tre L. Loadholt

Photo by Clay Banks via Unsplash

What do you think about when you reflect upon the message delivered in the famed “I Have a Dream” speech by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Does it cross your mind that we would be fighting for the same wishes, wants, and necessities shared within its lines? Do you sit and wonder about “how far we have come” and “how far we still have to go”? Where do you go? Where does your mind take you when you hear the depth and breadth of his voice as those words were uttered on August 28, 1963?

I can tell you what it does to me — how it shifts the very essence of who I am. How it enforces the fears I hold within me regarding the America of today. I feel no safer today than I did ten years ago. In fact, I am more on edge in the year of our Lord, 2021, than I have ever been. If I had to guess, I would venture in saying I am sure the late Dr. King would have never envisioned this America fifty-eight years later. In essence, it is the sameAmerica he was brutally killed in while trying to bring about a massive change in a peaceful way.

Read the article in Our Human Family.

Also This Week

An Immigrant Just Helped Make Rockets Go Ten Times Faster
by Glenn Rocess

Dr. Fatima Ebrahimi. Yes, that is rocket science on that chalkboard, and yes, she is smarter than you or me. (pppl.gov)

Most of us know that America has often been called a “nation of immigrants,” a place where even the poorest can arrive and work towards achieving that fabled American Dream, however one might define it. What most of us do not know is, the forced importation of Black men and women for slavery notwithstanding, prior to 1965 our nation’s system of immigration was mostly designed to allow only immigrants from Europe; i.e., only white immigrants.

That all changed with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 when America began to welcome immigrants from all over the world. For the next fifty-two years people from every other nation could hope to come here, and many, like my in-laws from the Philippines, waited for up to twenty-five years to come to America. But come they did, many millions of them.

Read the article in Our Human Family.

Give Amanda Gorman Her Things
by Ajah Hales

Image courtesy TIME Magazine

Amanda S. C. Gorman is a poet, model, activist and change maker. Gorman was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1998. It’s hard to believe that the twenty-two-year-old former National Youth Poet Laureate struggled with a speech impediment from an early age. Gorman has an auditory processing disorder, but this physical disability encouraged her to put more effort into her reading and writing.

Both Amanda and her twin sister, Gabrielle, began working to dismantle systemic oppression at a young age. Amanda became a youth delegate for the United Nations at fifteen years of age. The following year, she became the inaugural youth poet laureate of Los Angeles. The year after that, she published her first book of poetry, The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough (which is now sold out — everywhere).

Then Amanda turned eighteen, and the tyrants began to tremble.

Read the article in Our Human Family.

Here’s the Love

Photo by Lucas George Wendt on Unsplash

In honor of Valentine’s Day, beginning Saturday, February 13, and into the following week be sure to catch our writers’ interpretations of the phrase: Love one another . . . in the context of supporting racial equality (or opposing racism) and centering on the wonder of Black people. Including articles by Brian Kean, Casira Copes, Estacious(Charles White), and Marley K.

OHF Magazine, Issue No 2: The Baldwin Issue

OHF Magazine, Issue № 2

OHF Magazine, Issue 2. This issue’s inspiration: the prescient words of one of America’s premier authors, James Baldwin. Including articles by Rebecca Hyman, Sherry Kappel, TM Lankford-MSC, MAT, John Metta, Lecia Michelle, Clay Rivers, and William Spivey. Available now in print and for download. Only at https://ourhumanfamily.org.

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Love one another.

Clay Rivers
Our Human Family, Founder and Editorial Director

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