Black History Month in October is used to educate and inform people about the diverse history of black people and highlight the vast number of successes and achievements by them. I believe that one month is not enough. As a school governor, I believe it should be incorporated into school Curriculum in a conscious effort to bring balance to the general population’s skewed knowledge of black people and our history.

The Black Lives Matter movement was birthed after the death of George Floyd. But if truly black lives matter, why are we still fighting for proportional representation within our communities and political parties? Representation is key and giving individuals the opportunity to thrive in the corporate and political world can serve as an avenue to appeal to more black people within the communities and industry, especially at the upper levels.

Black History Month shouldn’t be a time a time of pointing fingers or putting blame on who did what. It should be a time of reflection for us all, to remember what we black people did well and what we can do better for ourselves and the upcoming  younger generation. Our focus should be on building community power that works for us, generates wealth in the Black-owned economy and ends the era of divide and rule that’s breaking our communities apart. We need to build community power that put us on the top of political agenda, where we can all rise together.