Starting with a new presidential appointment, Black History Month is full of surprises this year.
President Donald J. Trump has honored one of my heroes, Frederick Douglass, with the empowering of “The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.” It’s a blessing to serve America as a new member of the Commission.
Moving ahead, let’s reflect on the president’s campaign promises to address racism by ensuring us that “when we give everyone a great America -- safety, security, a reason to belong -- that will serve the issue.” The president also stated early on in his post as commander in chief that “no matter what color our skin is, we all bleed red.” His insight into the One Blood truth, coupled with his frequent reminders that "we don’t serve government; we serve God. In God we trust” are encouraging to say the least.
The month started off with the launch of my annual Black History Tour, this time from Titusville, FL -- new home of Priests for Life where I’m director of Civil Rights for The Unborn. It was a blessing to visit local schools and the Titusville campus of Eastern Florida State College.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Black Caucus sat down on the job during President Trump’s inspiring State of the Union Address. The petulant actions of the majority of the CBC are crippling the dreams of America and must be addressed; expect to hear more from activists for genuine social justice this month.
It was also a blessing to give a “Black History Shout Out” at the 2018 Rose Day Rally in Oklahoma.
It’s also important to note that while we are One Blood/One Race (Acts 17:26), the black/African American community still celebrates a month of educating the masses regarding many notable contributions of blacks in America that are unknown and undocumented in certain historical annals. These efforts are designed to unite us, never to divide us. Herein is a key to unlocking racial reconciliation.
There’s been a flurry of discourse regarding the Dodge Ram commercial featuring the voice of MLK with community service as a theme. On a positive note, many are saying that the ad sparked them to find the entire MLK speech and listen to it. That’s millennials for you, ever seeking truth. The line about “a heart to serve” with the ultrasound of the baby’s heartbeat was definitely a kind of Ram in the Bush “aha!” moment.
Coming up this month:
White House Black History Event
Launch of King Family Legacy Library at Millennium Gate Museum