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by JMS Bell

Thursday, February 23, 2012
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A poignant question has arisen in our society. At first, it was subtle...the suggestion came as perhaps an after thought. But now...the question is louder and more insistent, supported by news articles sporting bold, dark captions which grab our attention. And the question is; '...Should 'Black History Month' Be Discontinued...???" I say, NO! should NOT be discontinued!!! Why? Because our little ones should know that their 'roots' did not begin with shackles, chains and slave blocks. They should know that a 'heavy' price was paid for our living. Knowledge is important, however, what is even more important is the...'way'...knowledge is imparted. 'Knowledge' can be presented with a positive or negative connotation. Thus...since it is only through the programs and festivities of 'Black History Month' that many of our youths will be given the opportunity to see the 'beauty' of our pilgrimage, the continuation of 'Black History Month' is so important. For it...















Only by knowing where

one comes from...can

 one appreciate

 where they


and embrace...where they are going



Deut 6:7






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Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/1/2014
sorry I must have missed this one somewhere along the line
happy I caught it in my search for more of your work
Love & Peace be with you

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 3/9/2013
Excellent Joyce!!

we are God's beatific rainbows...

Reviewed by John Domino 3/8/2013
Hi Joyce,

Some change is good. But why have change when it does so much good? Some things should only be changed for the better. Perhaps have an American Cultural History Month where we truly celebrate diversity? That is pretty standard in my church as we celebrate the joining hands and praying together from many races and cultures ever week.

May peace be with you, love be in you and blessings flow over you,

John Michael Domino

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 3/5/2012
Yes, Joyce, yes you are right...this is such an important time and it must continue for the children and all of us.
My great uncle and aunt, Jean and John Rankin lived in what is now known as the Rankin Home in Ohio saving many through the underground railroad. I love your acrostic!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/29/2012
I agree with you Joyce,I didn't know of plans to change it. Don't understand why!

Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/27/2012
Totally agree. Roots need to investigated by each and every person. Many times you get surprises and find out that your roots are not quite what you thought they where and this changes the moment you are in. I'm going to my homelands over the next many years. My ancestory is all over Europe and Asia. LOL. Thanks for this sharing.
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 2/25/2012
All the colours of the rainbow and more flood into Black, retaining their original hue intact though perhaps unseen for what it truly is... such is a hint of the rich nuance conveyed by your acrostic and its representation here... blessings now and always, Joyce.

Let peace prevail.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 2/23/2012
Revered is history's key to a heritage that is solid
and forthwith in memories of success. Splendid write Joyce.
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 2/23/2012
All history is important and should be remembered. ~ Morgan
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/23/2012
Thank you for sharing your views honestly and clearly, Joyce. Love and blessings,

Reviewed by Janna Hill 2/23/2012
I totally agree with your last stanza Joyce and empathize with your concerns.
I have entertained two schools of thought on the subject. 1) Dedicate a month of historical reflection for every ethnicity =12 months should be enough to avoid bias. 2) Abolish black history month. ~ End segregation and begin real integration into American history ~
Just my opinion... Add $5 to it and it will get you a gallon o gas.
:) Janna
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 2/23/2012
Beautifully done, Joyce!!!

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/23/2012
well said
Reviewed by Paul Berube 2/23/2012
Excellent piece, Joyce.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/23/2012
I agree with you, Joyce. We should all learn about and embrace our diverse backgrounds and heritages, and never forget those who came before us.

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