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Black History Month 2015


I am proud to be a Black American, and that is why it gives me great pleasure to observe the achievements of Black Americans (a.k.a., African Americans) and to recognize the central role(s) many of them have played in U.S. history—not only during February but also all year long. As always, I want to thank the journalist, author, and Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, as well as all of the other exceptional African Americans who were behind the origins of Black History Month.

Below are three of my February haikus. They are my 2015 tribute to Black History Month and to all of the beautiful, brilliant, historic people of color who have made their mark in this world.


•The Super Bowl life:
consciously serving others –
Love! Play of the year.

•God’s generous gift:
the best Valentine ever –
His beloved Son.

•Black History Month –
celebrating achievements:
paying due homage.

                                                                                             ~ 2015

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? ~ Galatians 5:13-15, MSG

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. ~ John 3:16-17, MSG

And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for—

God has had it with the proud,
But takes delight in just plain people. ~ 1 Peter 5:5, MSG

Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. ~ Philippians 2:3, MSG