What does it mean to be unapologetically black?
By personal definition, I’d say it means to be centered, conscious, and deeply aware of your blackness. It means that you recognize the beauty in of our complexities; from lifestyle, to shape and color. Our slick language, our code; the varying dynamics of our physical make up is nothing short of amazing. When you’re an individual who is UNAPOLOGETICALLY black, you understand the connection your melanin has to the Creator; you understand the magic within us that breed’s our resilience. It means you know why we got rhythm and flavor: our un-calloused pineal glands. It means that you have discovered the true virtue of our God given heritage and know that the Creator has bestowed many gifts upon our people. We are multifaceted. We are creators. We are innovators. This is how we survive any means or circumstance. When you’re unapologetically black your knowledge of self and all its splendor walks before you and leads you every day.
Today, we pay homage to Carter G. Woodson, the unapologetically BLACK historian behind what we know today as Black History Month. He and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History started the precursor to Black History Month in 1926, when they deemed the second week of February “Negro History Week”.
Wikipedia cites “This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which [are] dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.”
"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.
— Carter G. Woodson