Triumph Unmasked: Why We Celebrate Black History

Written by Peggy Butler

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We celebraterepparttar contributions of Dr. Charles Drew, blood plasma founder and Garrett Morgan, creator ofrepparttar 132222 automatic traffic lights; whose inventions helped revolutionizerepparttar 132223 health and transportation industry.

We celebraterepparttar 132224 Nobel Peace Prizes of Ralph J. Bunche and Martin Luther King; two amicable men dedicated to world peace.

We celebraterepparttar 132225 athletic prowess of Jesse Owens, racing acrossrepparttar 132226 finish line atrepparttar 132227 1936 Olympics; Jackie Robinson, breaking baseball’s color barrier. Andrepparttar 132228 wizardry of Michael Jordan, showingrepparttar 132229 world why he was named “the Greatest Athlete ofrepparttar 132230 20th Century.” Similarly, we celebraterepparttar 132231 brilliance of Venus and Serena Williams, taking tennis to new heights, andrepparttar 132232 beauty of Tiger Woods’ golf stroke; sturdy, on target, an exhibition of immense talent.

Lastly, we celebraterepparttar 132233 diversity of our hair; curly, natural, permed, straight, waved and weaved andrepparttar 132234 beige, red, brown and blackness of our skin.

That is why we celebrate. To tell our history in our own words, as only African-Americans can do. In observing Black History Month, it is good to focus onrepparttar 132235 actions and accomplishments of dignitaries past and present. However, attention should also focus on lesser known heroes and heroines. We know that were it not for Dr. King, opportunities for African-Americans would be virtually impossible. Similarly, without Harriet Tubman, slaves seeking refuge would not have found solace viarepparttar 132236 Underground Railroad.

But what about those pioneers atrepparttar 132237 local and state level? Those anonymous men and women who pavedrepparttar 132238 way, so that future generations could enjoyrepparttar 132239 amenities entitled to all people? Their contributions should not be confined to musty, photo albums and faded newspaper clippings. They too were instrumental in establishingrepparttar 132240 democracy of our modern history, and deserve to be enshrined inrepparttar 132241 scripted walls ofrepparttar 132242 immortals. In retrospect, all African-Americans have made impressionable contributions big and small, torepparttar 132243 dazzling archives that personify Black History.

A freelance writer since 1989, Peggy Butler has written for various magazines and Internet publications including Impact Press,, TimBook Tu, and The Black World Today. Moreover, Butler who lists collecting 60s memorabilia among her hobbies, writes news, features, sports and entertainment articles, as well as commentaries and humor pieces. Visit her website at:

Copyright 2005 by Peggy Butler

An Opportunity to Turn Tragedy into Triumph

Written by Joyce C. Lock

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Signing petitions won't make our world better. Neither will hanging flags or lighting candles (even though we continue to do so because we care). Though, if we really want to make a difference, we can start believing that God meant what He said.

Consider who might be on your throne. Is your opinionrepparttar ultimate authority? How about your religion? Or, your preacher? Or, maybe a church committee? Even your mate? Your children? Friends?

God wants His throne back. It's really that simple. The Kingdom of God comes not with observation; not from memorizing every verse of scripture or from beingrepparttar 132221 perfect example either.

Created in God's image, He gets lonely, too. More than anything we could possibly offer God, He desires an intimate relationship with us. Do we get our daily walk from a book of dead laws or from a Living God who walks and talks with us? God will come down and dwell with us once He is welcomed.

While it is never God's will for people to hurt people, anger is of concern in that - as long as we place blame elsewhere, we missrepparttar 132222 ultimate truth that 'we did it to ourselves'.

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Ch. 7:14

God wants to love us in ways we never dreamed. But, He can only do so once He has first place.

© 2001 by Joyce C. Lock This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the e-mail ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" and "Share a Smile" Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

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