All in African American history
A rarely discussed part of the African American experience is the African Americans who ventured beyond America’s borders. Many African Americans left the United States and took up residence in other countries; some for extended stays, others permanently.
Exploration is evolving to adopt new meaning and significance. In the past, exploration focused on scaling mountains, trekking across vast deserts, sailing to far away places, searching through underground cave systems or other “adventurous” activities. But exploration today goes far beyond these activities as illustrated by the literary-explorer who takes the reader into a realm presented by the writer and experienced by the reader.
They were exploring a “new” way of life—for both Black and White people--during the Jim Crow era in the American south. They were exploring their vision of a “new” society where equality, justice, and fairness would reign supreme—a “New World” in which racism and white superiority would not set the agenda.
Fables contain educational value that is often overlooked and underappreciated in our high-tech, modern world. Yet their value is matchless. Although some were written centuries (if not millennia) ago, the lessons on morality endure.
“Books cost money that many freed-people did not have; thus, teachers used what they could find. In response to the Freedman’s Bureau question: ‘What books do you use?’ One Georgia teacher replied, ‘Any I can get.’
There was a time, in America, when segregation was acceptable to many people. There was a time, in America, when racial, ethnic, gender, and age discrimination were acceptable. There was a time when slavery, segregation and discrimination were also legal.
We can see that learning and equality are mirror causatives. Learning promotes the desire for equality. And equality undoubtedly results in learning in immeasurable ways. Without one, the other is diminished or even non-existent. The presence of both synergistically uplifts and expands our life experience
Today, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
Just imagine, we’re talking about history as literature, history as music. This is radical stuff here but it is real and authentic and, dare I say, inspirational too.