January Jones-Black History Month with Sporty King


Sporty King

HIStory Is OURstory

For some, Black History is a daily occurrence
For still others, a daily experience.
It’s in hearts and smiles that remind us
That life today is omnipotent.

Black History is a celebration of America
Through its African descent
It aligns us with God’s vision
Of the melting pot he’s sent. . . .

See, it’s a part of a bigger picture
Far beyond one month a year
For even that month is a short one
While our heritage speaks boldly of care.

We cared about one another, grouped and in chains,
Expanded our language to survive.
Plotted and coaxed, demanded and fought back
Like each hyphenated American, we’ve made big strides. . .

We’ve been nurses and nannies,
Farmers and cattle, athletes, inventors, musicians.
Students and teachers, Privates and Generals,
And, finally, key politicians.

We’ve lost and we’ve won
Been known for having fun
Our actions have always outspoken our words.

We’ve improvised and “made do”
Tap danced and done a soft shoe
Our pride has been our strength, haven’t you heard?

So count me in your tomorrow
Acknowledge my yesterday
Help me eclipse negative stereotypes
Because I’m here and I’m here to stay.

Each of us is a descendant of a survivor
We’re a part of the soil, the air and the sea.
Black History is a celebration of America
I’m a part of you. . . you’re a part of me.

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