February “Black History Month”
FEBRUARY: “Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in the U.S., is an annual observance in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora”. (Wikipedia)
It is February 1st (at time of writing) and you are invited to read the Google link about Sojourner Truth. and learn of her significance regarding women’s rights (“aint I a woman?”) and abolitionist. Those who minister/ministered to the African American community understand how important she continues to be as a role model.
In a similar context, why not also “SEARCH” Frederick Douglass (Sometimes referred to as the African American Daniel O’Connell, in terms of the latter’s campaign for Emancipation for Catholics in Ireland.)
February continues for 28 days, so you are invited to read more via the internet, if you are unaware of any other sources.
We also remember the importance of other role models- the “Freedom walkers” of their time e.g Mandela in S Africa; and, nearer home, in the Irish and British context, we recall women’s role in their “Freedom “walks and campaigns.
Today’s questions: Who, and where are, the freedom walkers of our time? How do, or can we support them?
Sr. Maris Stella McKeown OP