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Black History Month: The Pursuit of Liberty

Black History is the celebration of the effort of America to correct its past and heal its citizens. Why not contribute to the Good of that?

Justice, equality, and respect demonstrated in society on individual instances and on national scales recorded by digital and physical historians great and small with stories of new vistas of freedom and expression come with costs, high as they are lofty. Black History Month is a celebration of the high costs that societies pay to nurture human liberty.

What better place to focus than the cradle of modern liberty? The United States of America contains the ideas that married, consummated, carried, birthed, and raised modern liberty! America did not begin life with the power to enforce her free will upon humankind until her maturity blossomed following many wars--the world over! Freedom is no more American than Jesus is simply for Christians.

True freedom encourages the flow of information. With freedom comes the responsibility to promote understanding so that freedom's never lost to ignorance! Freedom to be, to exist, does not translate into freedom from responsibility. Freedom and restriction complement each other to provide joy in life. Individual freedoms end where the rights of the next person begin.

Society's learned since the slavery of the United States to the rights of women to determine if their individual rights supersede the rights of the unborn to exist that Black History Month is a time to reflect on the rights of all humans by remembering how some of us had none. It's also a time to glorify the heroes who survived and thrived during the dark days of oppression and intolerance.

Black History Month is a time to reflect on the rights of all humans and not only to glorify the heroes who survived and thrived during the dark days of oppression and intolerance.

Lift Every Voice

The famed anthem of freedom, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" carries with it a message, a warning, and a covenant that devolves upon all those who can express his or her divine rights to liberty and justice.

The following is an adaptation of the lyrical message of the laudable anthem to focus on the message, warning, and the covenant that these words bring.

The Message

Lift every voice and sing until earth and heaven ring with the harmonies of Liberty! Speak, people of the world until the airways and internet flood with the echoes of freedom for all of God’s children. Speak freedom and liberty to all of God’s children from the homeless to the fortified palaces of the wealthy, until all have the freedom to act and move if it is their desire to act and move.

Let our rejoicing rise as high as the listening skies! Let it resound as loud as the rolling sea! Support freedom and liberty with prayer and supplication to the gods of your several religions and billions of beliefs the world over until it becomes a great noise comparable to the crashing sounds of the waves of water of the oceans upon the craggy shores. Speak liberty to the world with the powerful sounds of the jet as it flies by, leaving in its wake the roar of deafening presence.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, full of the hope that the present has brought us. Never allow it forgotten or left unspoken--the hard tales of the histories of the past and the struggles of the fallen who forged ahead to gain the ground won and enjoyed in the present. Remember the slaves, the captives, and suffering of the millions who lived and died nurturing infant liberty that grew, and grows yet into futurity.

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us march on till victory is won! Not yielding away from the rays of the day, we see the heat and gladly bear it! Taking ownership of the past without yielding captive to its hurt, we march forward in thought, action, and heart to make liberty a reality to all of the human race.

Never allow it forgotten or left unspoken--the hard tales of the histories of the past and the struggles of the fallen who forged ahead to gain the ground won and enjoyed in the present!

The Warning Price of History

Stony, the road we trod; and bitter, the chastening rod--felt in the days when hope, unborn, had died. The heavy burden our ancestors bore never seeing the fruit of their labors because they stood as the foundation of what would come. What did the plantation slave know of the unpaid works he (and she) did that would pay for the liberties of his (and her) descendants and the descendants of his (and her) neighbors and fellow beings? Dead were those thoughts and ideas before they could conceive in the hearts of the slave or the woman who might ponder them.

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Yet, with a steady beat, have not our weary feet come to the place for which our fathers sighed? Constant the sound from our lips, this freedom EXISTS in America whether the full effects of its presence reveal themselves or not! Freedom to speak and to act is law, guaranteed, and supported by the Constitution! This is Black history. America is different. Not perfect in practice, but in theory, flawless!

We have come over a way that, with tears, has been watered. We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered--out from the gloomy past until now we stand at last where the white gleam of our bright star is cast. The dark country of the past always comes hard-fought. Fighting with might encouraged to realize by letter, then by culture, and continuing effort of faith and hope to purge the darkness. Bleeding in the streets, hanging from trees, and ravaged by murdering marauding mobs of the opposition of liberty paid the best blood of the world for this present generation of privileged men and women to speak and act on a more level plane of mortality.

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Bleeding in the streets, hanging from trees, and ravaged by murdering marauding mobs of the opposition of liberty paid the best blood of the world for this present generation...

The Covenant Responsibility of Free People

God of our weary years and silent tears, Who has brought us thus far on the way and by Thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places where we met Thee or our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee. This long introduction is a prayer of covenant and safety to the God of us all acknowledging how, through His sustaining power, might, majesty, and the Grace of His Son, Jesus, have endured and suffered much to gain what we currently have.

It is a prayer of protection that if we start to slide into the errors of the past because the way has long been made too easy in liberty, He would intervene for the sake of our lands. Again, though this particular anthem is spoken of regarding the United States of America, it is my contention that it applies to the entire human family. Lest we forget, remind us, Lord of all, that we came here through much, much tribulation!

Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand true to our God and our native land. The Pledge of Allegiance and its controversial past in the US is a signal of this protection, shadowed beneath the hand of God as it goes:

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands…

That pledge or personal covenant that we make as US citizens binds us to the native land we call our home. This same oath can apply to all lands of freedom where people take oaths to uphold the standard of human dignity and freedom for all people of whatever persuasion they will. It is a covenant to democratic liberty.

… One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Particularly this oath situates The United States of America as a jewel of liberty to the world. In it we acknowledge God as the founder of our indivisible justice and liberty for all people, a pledge we must work constantly to keep. It's fragile, one generation away from being broken.

The Pledge and Covenant under God does not mean America exists soley for the Christians and against other religions. The separation of church and state never meant or means creating a nation without faith or God. Liberty is a gift for all humanity just as one church does not own the right to have all faith nor does one group have the right to impose its lack of faith. America is for the faithful and the faithless, neither EVER being free from the other as long as the Constitution reigns supreme upon the land.

Society's learned since the slavery of the United States to the rights of women to determine if their individual rights supersede the rights of the unborn to exist that Black History Month is a time to reflect on the rights of all humans by remembering how some of us had none.

— Rodric Anthony Johnson

America, created as an ensign to the nations of the world, does not apply perfectly freedom since its birth! Its aims have always been lofty and remain so until they sound across the world of humanity. America is only supposed to be the first of many bastions of freedom that will come to the world slowly and through much labor on the backs of many who have and will yet offer their lives in the service thereto. Black history tells a tale of every person in the face of one Black man or woman. If Black people are the least of people, Jesus reveals, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” [Matthew 25:40]

Merry Black History Month!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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