Monday 24 September 2018
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ZONGONEWS EDITORIAL: Black History Month; Honour where Honour is Due

Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to honour those who have impacted generations.
When we talk about honour, what do we mean? Here I am referring to high respect and reputation, those with nobleness of mind, those who have displayed distinction, bravery and or achievement.
I’ve heard it said that if you see a turtle on a fence post you know it didn’t get there on its own! Similarly, we all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone on ahead of us and have forged a way for us to empower those who will in turn follow us.
So, whose shoulders are we standing on? In the field of science, Percy Julian born in April 1899 became a leader in his field of research and development of synthetic compounds which impacted health care in the 20th century. After much struggle he eventually sold his factory to Smith, Kline and French, the pharmaceutical specialists.
Wangari Muta Maathai, born in 1940, she was awarded a Nobel peace prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.
Bessie Coleman a pioneer and innovator in the field of aviation. Born in 1892, it was written of her by William J Powell who wrote the book Black Wings, “Because of Bessie Coleman we have overcome that which was worse than racial barriers. We have overcome the barriers within ourselves and dared to dream”.
Dame Eugenia Charles was not only the first Caribbean female Prime Minister in Dominica but also was the longest serving Prime Minister in the world. She held the reigns for 15 years.
Toussaint Louverture who led the Haitain slave revolt in 1791 and went on to force the end of slavery in 1804 when Haiti became an independent Republic.
Who will be added for future generations? What will you do to join those who are being honoured and will be honoured in the halls of fame and achievement when Black History month is celebrated for future generations.
Let’s be clear, for everyone mentioned there are many thousands of others that leave a positive legacy that have never been and will never be recorded. It doesn’t make their achievements any less significant. Everyone has the potential to be celebrated in Black History Month. Decide to leave a legacy of hope and prosperity for the future generations.
Lesley Shepperson
Shepperson & Shepperson Consultants Ltd

Source: Lesley Shepperson /