Haiti!

Painting of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (from the Haitian American Museum in Chicago)

This is a Handsel from SHE to YOU,

and

Happy New Year (January, 2021)!

 

On this day, January 1 in 1804, General Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a former slave, declared Haiti to be a FREE independent nation and he became the country’s first ruler.  With that declaration, Haiti (formerly Saint-Domingue) became the first sovereign Black nation in the Western Hemisphere.  The Haitians had thrown off the yoke of slavery and colonialism by defeating Napoleon’s mighty French military. The Haitian Revolution, which had begun in 1791, was now won.  Stunningly, it is said that Dessalines could not read or write, but like many Black people who emerged from slavery, he, too, was brilliant.

 

 

What do YOU need to declare your independence from in 2021?

(BECAUSE you have the power to do it.)

 

 

Haiti is important because the seemingly impossible feat they accomplished—running the French enslavers and colonizers out of their land—was an audacious and bold quest; but, it was a quest for that which every human being wants—freedom and the right to self-determination.  This tiny nation on the small island of Hispaniola defeated what was then considered the most extraordinary military in the world (supposedly, led by the sharpest military mind).  As usual, western powers had completely underestimated the strategic and perspicacious minds of Haiti’s warriors, which included the charismatic Toussaint Louverture, Dessalines, Henri Christophe, and Alexandre Pétion.

 

Haiti’s sustained struggle and victory would have tremendous ramifications for enslaved people in the United States.  It inspired and encouraged our ancestors to keep fighting for their freedom.  There had been many acts of resistance by Black people in this land, including the New York Slave Revolt of 1712 and the 1739 Stono Rebellion (Cato’s Conspiracy) in South Carolina.  But three of the most well-known insurrections took place during and after the Haitian Revolution.  They were led by Gabriel (Prosser) and his wife, Nanny (1800 in Virginia), Denmark Vesey (1822 in South Carolina), and Nat Turner (1831 in Virginia).  

 

Gabriel, Nanny, Vesey, and Turner were all erudite, strong, charismatic, and, now, honored leaders who simply wanted to liberate their people from the savagery of American slavery.  They wanted the same thing Europeans who came here wanted—freedom. (As one of the most celebrated White American colonists, Attorney Patrick Henry, said at the time of the American Revolution in 1775, “Give me liberty or give me death.”)

 

In many ways, the actions of Gabriel, Nanny, Vesey, and Turner were game-changers, as they helped make it more and more obvious to many White people that the institution of slavery was not going to be sustainable.  

 

     “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.”  Malcolm X

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**Can’t get to Haiti to explore the culture and sites and to learn more about the history of the country, then visit the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, under the capable leadership of Co-Founder and President, Elsie Hector Hernandez, at 4654 North Racine Avenue.  (www.hamoc.org)

(l to r:  Elsie Hector Hernandez, Co-Founder and President of the Haitian American Museum of Chicago and Dr. Rhonda Sherrod, Founder and President of SHE in Chicago, Photo taken on December, 29, 2018)

                                                    Egypt!

My friend, Anthony (Tony) Browder, is a brilliant "Cultural Memory Specialist," Egyptologist, and overall scholar on the whole continent of Africa.  He has traveled to Egypt 45 times and his knowledge of metaphysics is spellbinding.  He has conducted study tours to Egypt, West Africa, South Africa, and Mexico.  He is so deep!  I have seen him lecture in different cities and he is just a marvel to behold.  His video, Egypt on the Potomac, illustrates how much of the architecture of Washington, DC, the nation's capitol, is modeled after the architectural wonders on Africa.  He also discusses the symbolism present.  (You can watch the video on youtube!)

 

This knowledge is necessary and life sustaining.  As people who have endured so much trauma, it is soothing to see how other people have copied the work of Black people who have been told that they never contributed anything to civilization, yet everything we "contribute" gets appropriated.  The fact is, we form the foundation upon which all human civilization sits.  What a brilliant people we are!

 

                                Knowledge, Drink It Up!

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March

Quote of the Month

 

"In slave times, the Negro was kept subservient and submissive by the frequency and severity of the scourging, but, with freedom, a new system of intimidation came into vogue: the Negro was not only whipped and scourged; he was killed."

  

Ida B. Wells, 

Journalist, researcher,

Editor, Publisher, Public Intellectual,

Educator, Activist, Organizer, Suffragette, One of the founders of the NAACP the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Superstar

(1862-1931)

__________

 

Quote of the Week

March 30, 2021

 

"Those who commit the murders write the reports."

 

Ida B. Wells

__________

Quote of the Week

March 22, 2021

 

"It is extremely rough to follow through with my goals, but I felt a responsibility to show the world what the African Americans are facing through this rough patch."

 

Ida B. Wells

___________

Quote of the Week

March 15, 2021

 

"The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been avoided by the absolute suppression of the Negro vote, the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied and the butchery of Negroes should have ceased."

 

Ida B. Wells

__________

Quote of the Week

March 8, 2021

 

"I'd rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said."

 

Ida B. Wells

__________

Quote of the Week

March 1, 2021

 

"No nation, savage or civilized, save only the United States of America, has confessed its inability to portect its women save by hanging, shooting, and burning alleged offenders."

 

Ida B. Wells (on lynching)

__________

Quote of the

Month

February 1

 

The bondage of the Negro brought captive from Africa is one of the greatest dramas in history, and the writer who merely sees in that ordeal something to approve or condemn fails to understand the evolution of the human race."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

             __________

Quote of the Week

February 8, 2021

 

"The "educated Negroes" have the attitude of contempt toward their own people because in their own, as well as in their mixed schools, Negroes are taught to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin, and the Teuton, and to despise the African.  Of the hundreds of Negro high schools recently examined by an expert in the United States Bureau of Education, only 18 offer a course taking up the history of the Negro."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Author, The Miseducation of the Negro, Founder of Negro History Week (now Black History Month)

 

Quote of the Week

February 15, 2021

 

"What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Founder of the Journal of Negro History (1916) now the Journal of Black History

 

Quote of the Week

February 22, 2021

 

"The present system under the control of whites trains the Negro to be white and at the same time convinces him of the impropriety or the impossibility of his becoming white..."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Intellect and Educator Extraodinaire

 

January

Quote of the Month

 

New beginnings, y'all! Another year, another opportunity to become who we came here to be. Let's focus on discovering the tools and strategies we need to move forward.  Then, each and EVERY single day, let's try to use those strategies.  It might not be easy, but it will sure be worth it!"

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod

Soul Survivor

 

         _______________________
 

Quote of the Week

January 4, 2021

 

“You are your best thing.” 

 

Toni Morrison,

Canonic award -winning author

             ______________________

 

Quote of the Week

January 11, 2021

 

”I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

 

Fannie Lou Hamer,

Human rights activist


_____________________

 

Quote of the Week

January 18, 2021

 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Rev. Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr.,

Human rights

activist and martyr

 

 

February

Quote of the Month

 

"If you control a man's thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions.  When you determine what a man shall think, you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do.  If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself.  If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door.  He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

The "Father of Black History" (1875-1950)

______________

Quote of the Week

February 1, 2021

 

"The bondage of the Negro brought captive from Africa is one of the greatest dramas in history, and the writer who merely sees in that ordeal something to approve or condemn fails to understand the evolution of the human race."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

      _______________

Quote of the Week

February 8, 2021

 

"The "educated Negroes" have the attitude of contempt toward their own people because in their own, as well as in their mixed schools, Negroes are taught to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin, and the Teuton, and to despise the African.  Of the hundreds of Negro high schools recently examined by an expert in the United States Bureau of Education, only 18 offer a course taking up the history of the Negro."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Author, The Miseducation of the Negro, Founder of Negro History Week (now Black History Month)

 

Quote of the Week

February 15, 2021

 

"What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Founder of the Journal of Negro History (1916) now the Journal of Black History

 

Quote of the Week

February 22, 2021

 

"The present system under the control of whites trains the Negro to be white and at the same time convinces him of the impropriety or the impossibility of his becoming white..."

 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson,

Intellect and Educator Extraodinaire

 

January

Quote of the Month

 

New beginnings, y'all! Another year, another opportunity to become who we came here to be. Let's focus on discovering the tools and strategies we need to move forward.  Then, each and EVERY single day, let's try to use those strategies.  It might not be easy, but it will sure be worth it!"

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod

Soul Survivor

 

         _______________________
 

Quote of the Week

January 4, 2021

 

“You are your best thing.” 

 

Toni Morrison,

Canonic award -winning author

             ______________________

 

Quote of the Week

January 11, 2021

 

”I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

 

Fannie Lou Hamer,

Human rights activist


_____________________

 

Quote of the Week

January 18, 2021

 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Rev. Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr.,

Human rights

activist and martyr

 

"I am a woman -- gorgeously designed, brilliant, charming, mysterious, funny, bewitching, cool, and, most of all, uniquely purposed. I am my own phenomenal being, and I own and govern myself!"

 

 Dr. Rhonda Sherrod

QUOTE FOR THE SOUL:

 

"Dipped in Chocolate, Bronzed in Elegance, Enameled with Grace, Toasted with Beauty.

My Lord, She's a Black Woman." 

 

Dr. Yosef

Ben-Jochannan 

GET TO KNOW YOURSELF

BE TRUE TO YOURSELF

 

What makes you happy?

LOVE YOURSELF

BE AN ORIGINAL!

DO WHAT YOU CAME INTO THE WORLD TO DO.  

FIND YOUR PURPOSE, SO YOU CAN BE HAPPY!

 

 

 

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