Synergy’s Black History Month Celebration4 November 2022
The celebration included, displays, dancing, food and presentations.
They submitted their historical and modern perspective:
Black history month is not just a month or a day but a time of reflection on the lifestyle and culture of the black race. Our story in the west dates to 1619 when the first slaves were taken from Africa all the way to the Caribbean, then to America, Europe and the rest of the world to work on the plantations.
It is estimated that around 3.1million or more Africans were transported from Africa. While enslaved, the identity of the black man was lost but not the spirit to fight for freedom, freedom that came at a cost. Just as Martin Luther once said: “There is no gain without struggle…we must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”
Since the abolition of slavery black people have contributed to history, through innovation, sport, leadership, music, culture, literature, and civil rights. We now celebrate black excellence year after year in honour of our past present and future. Thanks to our forefathers’ fight, contributions by our race is felt in every corner of the world. It’s now in our hands to make a better world and our strong rich culture and lifestyle is a source of unity.
Nelson Mandela said: “…after climbing a great hill one only finds that here are many more hills to climb.” The 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, continues to fight started during the civil rights era and is just one of the many small hills we still need to climb.
Baraka Obama, the first black African American president once said: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.” Black history month is a reminder that the time is now!
Well done to all at Synergy.