As believers we know the price Jesus paid for our freedom but not all of our brothers and sisters have experienced what it means to truly be free.
February marks Black History Month and not only do we honor the men and woman who helped change our world for the better but those who continue the fight against ignorance, inequality, racism, fear and hate.
History is important. Marcus Garvey, an African American activist once said “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” By studying our past we can create a better future for our children and grandchildren. “We the People’ are a proud nation founded on the principles of freedom and democracy, but we cannot forget nor ignore the dark underbelly of our past. Black History Month is more than a celebration of the many accomplishments made by African-Americans; it’s a reminder of where we as a country have been and where we hope to go.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from those who stood up to fight for the better. They inspire me to continue to make a positive difference in our world.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world — Desmond Tutu
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. –Nelson Mandela
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room on earth –Mohammad Ali
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew –Cicely Tyson
You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right— Rosa Parks
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter —Martin Luther King Jr.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves –Abraham Lincoln