Black History Month is wrapping up for 2021 in Canada and the United States. Black History Month is

when we celebrate the achievements and contributions of Blacks to society. Why Black History Month?

Is black history to be celebrated solely in the month of February? What is the importance of Black

History Month?

As a black Christian woman, being black is my reality, celebrating my history is a daily endeavor

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believe Black history ought to be acknowledged throughout the entire year as awareness is necessary

for attitudes about race to change. Sadly, systemic racism is embedded in our society resulting in

discrimination and injustices against visible minorities. As followers of Christ, are we to address

continuing systemic issues and work together toward an equitable future? I keep asking myself what

would Jesus do?

It is a Biblical truth that we are all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), regardless of skin color.

Therefore, we should all be treated equally. Racism is an outward expression of living in a fallen world.

A change of heart needs to occur on the part of those who continue to promote racist ideologies. Only

God can change our hearts, turning hearts of stone into hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). God is love, and

love changes things.

Scripture tells us in Isaiah 1: 17” Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.” Does this mean

that we ought to fight against the injustices of our day, and if so, what does that entail? To begin, we

must be wiling to listen and learn from the experiences of the oppressed, making us better informed, as

information is power.

Although we are at the end of February, I would encourage you to continue to celebrate black history,

just as you do the history of other cultures. The kingdom of God is about diversity, each one of us is

connected. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and

female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) No race is superior to another; we are all l

loved by God.

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