News & Notes: February 2022 – BCULibrary

News & Notes: February 2022 – BCULibrary

What does the Negro want? His answer is very simple. He wants only what all other Americans want. He wants opportunity to make real what the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights say, what the Four Freedoms establish. While he knows these ideals are open to no man completely, he wants only his equal chance to obtain them.

Mary McLeod Bethune

 Black History Month

In Overcoming the Need to be Liked, Shola Richards states, The problem comes when we need to be liked in order to be happy. Once it becomes a need, we’ll do all sorts of crazy things to fill that bottomless pit of craving acceptance in order to feel whole. Unfortunately, many visibly suffer from this need and crave such acceptance. However, in thinking of W.E.B. DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folks, such behavior or ideology can further exacerbate the veil that Black Folks in America and throughout the globe often wear in order to “get along” within and with an increasingly hostile world. A world no Mother or Father desires their sons and daughters to inherit. I will not summon hashtags, as they clearly trigger, to serve as evidence that our Black and brown children have been unjust victims in a society that cheers attackers and bolsters their efforts with “likes” and “shares”. It is also not enough to simply throw up our hands and lament, “It is, what it is.” How does that pay homage to those who have gone before us?

Recent events demonstrate that when we use others’ opinions of us to dictate our actions, especially at the expense of self-care and mental health, we still do not reap any benefits. I recall reciting a poem in school, What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black (Reflections of an African American Mother) by Margaret Borroughs (1963). Some of you may remember it. Those of you from an era when facts were not banned, when teachers could choose works of literature that shared the experience of all who made America, America, when recitation was required in each English Language Arts class, and when the school held full assembly declamation contests. You think an English teacher in Florida will assign the poem this month? Next year? I have my doubts and suspicions, but I am certain that elections have consequences.

Victims of oppression are seldom able to turn the tides on their oppressors. Allies are necessary, but they must, as a pastor from home often said, “Take a checkup from the neck up.” I watch many history adjacent programming as I value protecting my mental health from repeated trauma. In episode 6 of season 1 of Roots Less Traveled : Connecting to the Civil War, after learning that her great-great-grandfather Austin D. Springer, a Union Army drummer boy, was taken prisoner by the Confederate Army but escaped and hid in slave huts, Kalina realized that she could no longer watch on the sidelines while Black people are mistreated. Moving. But allies must get into “good trouble” as urged by the late congressman from Georgia, John Lewis, especially if they perceive the fight is not theirs. They must agitate even if agitating alone. It is easy to ‘throw the rock and hide your hand’ in a mob, but true courage comes when you stand for what is good and right, alone.

Not withstanding his own admitted biases, Martin Niemöller’s poem reminds us that we will all rise and fall together.

FIRST THEY CAME

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me.

We are only two months and two days into 2022, and for many it feels very overwhelming. I have learned that music calms. It soothes broken hearts. It pours life into the empty. It rescues and it saves. The lyrics of Rev. Cleveland’s I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired is a reminder of not only the fights we face, but the victories that we will experience on earth.

I don’t feel no ways tired
I’ve come too far from where I started from
Nobody told me that the road would be easy
I don’t believe He brought me this far to leave me…

I don’t know ’bout you tonight
But I’m been running for Jesus a long time
And there’s something about walking with Him, Hallelujah
Everyday gets sweeter
Than the day before
And for some reason
I don’t mind the pitfalls
‘Cause every time I get to one, He’s right there
And I can say just like that old mother says that night…

Full lyrics

Another song that calms a ravaged soul, is Worth Fighting For by Brian Courtney Wilson. As I hear my grandmother say, “This, too, shall pass,” this song reminds us that we are worth fighting for and that we shall prevail.

You met me deep in my despair to show me
You would never leave me there
You claimed ’cause I was made for so much more
I am your child
And I’m worth fighting for
Though heavy with the weight of my mistakes
You carried me and refused to let me sink under the pressure
You meant for me to soar
I am Your child
And I’m worth fighting for…

Worth Fighting For

How do you hold on? How do you maintain your perspective? There are a number of people and places to see this month:

February 2-9, 2022 | 5-8pm weekdays | 11am-8pm weekend
Located at One Daytona, 1 Daytona Blvd, Suite G600.
(Suite G600 sits between Pink Narcissus and GameTime)

Yes! That is Bethune-Cookman University’s very own, Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice and Justice & Political Studies Department Chair, Dr. Kideste Yusef on billboards around town and on the I-4 corridor. rePresent by Kenneth Grant is a photography exhibition featuring the beauty of African-Americans in our local community. This exhibition includes some of the most influential and esteemed individuals within the Volusia surroundings. The event opens to the public today and ends February 9.

How about a Black history road trip?

There are several copies of this book in the Carl S. Swisher Library. Stop by the circulation desk for assistance in checking out a copy.

by Betty Story-Westlake

Did you know Bethune Cookman graduates have a park in Mims, Florida named in their honor? Unfortunately, the park was born out of tragedy. However, a trip to Harry T. Moore  & Harriet V. Memorial Park & Museum in Mims is an informative road trip and a good way to pay homage to the two.

As you will learn when you visit the park, “The Moores were the first true civil rights activists of the modern civil rights era in the State of Florida.” Harry T. Moore was president of the Brevard county NAACP (1934) for several years and was the president of the Florida Conference of NAACP branches (1949).  
He was instrumental in organizing black voting rights in Florida and advocating for equal pay for black teachers, as well as writing letters about the many forms of racial inequality and lynchings.  Mr. Moore also helped file an appeal in the case of the Groveland Four that brought Thurgood Marshall to Groveland, Florida.
Langston Hughes wrote a moving poem, The Ballad of Harry T. Moore that was later recorded by the acapella singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock.  There is also a website on PBS about the Moores and information about the PBS video, Freedom Never Dies.
The park is about an hour away from the B-CU campus and is in a part of Florida you might not ordinarily visit.  If you decide to go, try Goodrich’s Seafood Restaurant and Oyster House on River Road in Oak Hill while reflecting on the importance of the Moore Memorial Park, or listening to the Chicago Children’s Choir sing the Ballad of Harry T. Moore.

Want more road trip ideas?

*Locations may repeat

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BLACK HISTORY

Rosa Parks wasn’t the first! Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old girl, refused to move to the back of a bus nine months before Parks did.MLK improvised his most famous speech! Although he had prepared notes, Martin Luther King Jr. improvised much of his “I Have A Dream” speech. This is such a fascinating story. I was privledged to hear Nikki Giovanni provide the backdrop. The speech opens with a metaphor that America had failed to cash a check. If you have not read the entire speech, please do so here.Esther came before Betty! The iconic cartoon character Betty Boop was modeled after a Harlem jazz singer named Esther Jones.There were Black senators in the 19th century. The first Black U.S. senator was Hiram Revels, who took office in 1870.Satchel Paige was baseball’s first black hall-of-famer! Pitcher Satchel Paige was the first Black player to be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Sentiments of A Lady: Love is an Action

In a letter dated November 26, 1951, Althea Gibson thanked Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune for proclaiming November 10, 1951, Althea Gibson Day. Dr. Bethune’s love of people was always evident in her actions and selflessness. She knew Gibson’s accomplishment was far more important than any rivalry (Gibson was a student at Florida A&M University) and she recognized that Gibson’s victory served as a victory for all Blacks in America. We know from reading numerous correspondence to and from Dr. Bethune that she was not above requesting aid from wealthy business leaders to purchase school supplies for students, build and or renovate buildings on campus, or spread their influence in matters both great and small. We also know that she loved her family. Here are a few photos from her collection.

The Importance of De-Cluttering

If we want 2022 to be drastically better than 2021, we are going to have to engage in new actions. There are hundreds of them (working out, meditation, getting eight hours of sleep a night, being kinder to yourself, etc.), but one that flies under-the-radar that could have a huge positive impact on our lives in 2022 would be De-cluttering. Why is getting rid of clutter such an important thing to do in order to have a better year? Because clutter kills your energy, your productivity, your self-esteem, your peace of mind, your ability to focus, and dare I say, your overall wellbeing too (don’t just take my word for it). If you are up for it, take an honest assessment and be real about the clutter that could be affecting your life. For example:

Having a huge social media friend list filled with people you don’t know (or worse, with people who you do know, but don’t want on your friend list) is clutter.Having a stack of half-read books on your bedside table and numerous uncompleted projects that you said you would complete (but haven’t) is clutter.Having unnecessary alerts (especially, from 24-hour news apps) that are causing you to become anxious and bitter (or worse, causing you to lose faith in humanity) is clutter.Having clothes, gadgets, toys or other items in your home that you haven’t used in years is clutter.Having a junk-filled car, office desk, garage, kitchen drawer is clutter.Having an inbox with hundreds of unread emails is clutter.Having a mind filled with old grudges and resentments is clutter.

Dragging clutter with you into the new year will bring an unnecessary drain on your goals, energy and sanity in 2022. If you want to begin this year strong, then commit today to engage in some serious de-cluttering action. Unfriend people on your social media feeds (or from any area of your life) who you know shouldn’t be there. Finish the books that are on your bedside table, or put them back in the bookshelf. Give away your clothes and other unused items to people or other organizations that could use them. Clean out the junk drawer and any other junk-filled areas in your home or office that are causing a drain on your energy. Commit to read your unread emails, or mark all of your unread emails as “read” and start today from Inbox Zero (trust me, if it’s important, they’ll reach out again). Stop giving your anger and resentment to people who you don’t even like or respect, and give yourself the peace of mind you deserve. Most of all, give yourself the best chance at an epic 2022 by starting off with a completely clean slate. (Shola, 2/1/22)

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Bob Marley YouTube Channel

Bob Marley, the legendary reggae star, heralder, would have been 77 this month. His legacy continues and his popularity today remains high. Over the course of his brief life, he wore many hats and received numerous accolades. If you have not listened to his songs or know the lyrics, here are a few that demonstrate his timeliness and relevance.

An advocate.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look? Ooh
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fullfil the book

Redemption Song

An activist.

Them belly full, but we hungry;
A hungry mob is a angry mob.
A rain a-fall, but the dutty tough;
A yot a-yook, but d’ yood no ‘nough. …

Cost of livin’ gets so high,
Rich and poor they start to cry:
Now the weak must get strong;
They say, “Oh, what a tribulation!”
Them belly full, but we hungry;
A hungry mob is a angry mob.
A rain a-fall, but the dutty tough;
A pot a-yook, but d’ yood* no ‘nough.

Them Belly Full

A philosopher.

There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air

If you listen carefully now you will hear

This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last
Many more will have to suffer
Many more will have to die
Don’t ask me why
Things are not the way they used to be
I won’t tell no lie

Natural Mystic

A spiritualist.

One Love! One Heart!
Let’s get together and feel all right
Hear the children cryin’ (One Love!)
Hear the children cryin’ (One Heart!)
Sayin’: give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right
Sayin’: let’s get together and feel all right. Wo wo-wo wo-wo! Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One Love!)
There is one question I’d really love to ask (One Heart!)
Is there a place for the hopeless sinner
Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own beliefs?

One Love/People Get Ready

A romantic.

I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love
I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love
From the very first time I rest my eyes on you, girl
My heart says follow t’rough
But I know, now, that I’m way down on your line
But the waitin’ feel is fine
So don’t treat me like a puppet on a string
‘Cause I know I have to do my thing
Don’t talk to me as if you think I’m dumb
I wanna know when you’re gonna come – soon
I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love
I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love
I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love
‘Cause if summer is here
I’m still waiting there
Winter is here
And I’m still waiting there

Waiting in Vain

To learn more about the man, the myth, the legend, read Rolling Stone’s article The Life and Times of Bob Marley: How he changed the world.

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Author: Jason Lewis