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|Those Who Forget Their History Are Doomed To Repeat It|
|Written by Roger Madison Jr.|
|Friday, 04 February 2011|
This saying appears in many different forms, but the earliest version is probably that of the poet and philosopher George Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
- Life of Reason, 1905
As we begin our annual reflection on Black History in the USA, I find the original version of this saying to be most informative. There is something crippling about those who "cannot remember their past." The purpose for remembering is to build a better future based upon our memories of our past. Those who cannot remember have no foundation. They become tossed about by every wind of change.
What this suggests to me is that We must never forget, but also, we must actively remember our past.
Our history is only meaningful if it is important to us. There are some who feel that this reflection relegates Black History to one month. Their argument is that we should celebrate Black History every day. They are correct -- if their admonition is directed to Black people.
Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The goal of Black History Week was to educate the American people about African-Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements. So, while the nation pauses to reflect for a month, we must actively focus on the importance of our history every day.
So this month should serve to renew our focus on our history as prologue to a future of continuing progress. We must use the foundation of our rich history to fuel our efforts toward a better future for the descendents of Africa all over the world.
Founder and CEO
written by Keith C Holmes , February 09, 2011