Today is the 4th of July. This is the day that American’s declared their independence from Great Britain. This is a day many people celebrate freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. How do you celebrate today? When I look at the year when “independence” became prevalent (July 4, 1776) and then I look back at my African-American history, during that time my people were still in slavery, so I wonder, should I celebrate? Of course, now times have changed and we live in a new era, but, do I just forget my history because today is Americas Independence?
Well…I can’t do that. I can’t forget where my people were during this time 236 years ago. I can’t forget about what they endured while the country was celebrating independence. My (African – American) independence day didn’t come until June 19, 1865. Almost a century later, and I am suppose to celebrate today for something that my people were not included in? Well, as the little phrase goes “to each its own”. I will use today to rest, relax and celebrate the current liberties I have today and thank God for not leaving us and bringing us this far.
So whatever July 4th means to you make sure you enjoy it, be safe, and smile…for today is a new day
Check out the next post it is a speech by Frederick Douglas on July 05, 1852 entitled “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”