What does Black History convey to you? We all share an invaluable historical journey and it's beautiful to learn and uncover, hidden truths that build a healthier self-image. Whatever your field of work or what you aspire to achieve, someone in your bloodlines, lost their lives and loved-ones, worked long strenuous hours, sick, depressed, fearful yet courageous, sacrificing pleasurable moments to bring reality to a path of greatness, you must learn to carry forth. And only if you embrace, envision and accept the huge challenge to commit, regardless of the sleep less nights, frustrations of growing pains, unforeseen twists and turns that are sure to show up. Will you fully commit to take to experience history through your own eyes?
As a researcher, I love to pursue secrets, and untold history in my family. My Dad, Mr. Louis Dukes was a advent reader, super great father, who always had another new book for us to read and discuss. Of course as a child reading in the summer was a huge challenge, when other children were out playing. Nonetheless, eating dinner together, vacationing for the summer, reading and math and playtime were daily priorities. As a week-known business owner of Dukes & Sons Construction company, my Dad taught me, personally to type contracts, around age of 8. My brothers worked in the family company and one of my older sister's was a genius at bookkeeping. Sad to say she is gone now. But Rochelle leaves us a legacy of love, hard work and quotes like, "Keep doing your best and then do your best some more, it will pay off some day," and "Use Your Creativity, It' Keeps Expanding." Wow do I miss them, so much, yet truly grateful for the time we shared together on earth. One thing for sure, history, lives when you and I, to share it with others.
Some of Dad's quotes
My oldest brother, and I constantly talk about our family history and have learned to apply some of Dad's favorite quotes, such as, "Never let another ones ignorance, cause you to lower your standards." This quote alone has disciplined me, to control my emotions, and not respond negatively in many extreme pressured situations.
Today, I thought and chuckled about the last book our Father insisted that we read, and he brought each of us one, "See You At The Top," by Zig Ziglar. He actually brought copies and either delivered by hand or via mail to all six of us. I can not tell you, how grateful I am now, that my Dad, was so adamant about his children, living the best life ever with a strong mural fiber. And our wonderful Mother who supported his vision and is still our backbone of love, today. Now we, give her the best care!
So as we deliberately celebrate Black History Month and Lifestyles, remember to honor respect and appreciate your parents wisdom and sacrifices, always! Our children need to understand history and importance of
My Father, Mr. Dukes had the pleasure of renovating, Paul Robeson's home in 1970. Mr. Robeson was an African American considered as the epitome of the 20th-Century Renaissance man. An attorney, exceptional athlete, political activist, singer and actor.
Lastly, my Dad would say, "A Good Character is Everything," and "You Are Only As Good As Your Word." When I miss him, there are several places I can visit that he built and still remain to this day.
Let your history leave an imprint on our youth! Michael Jordan says, "My best skill is I was coachable, I was a like a sponge and aggressive to learn."
Our history facts, takes us into topical areas that include civil rights, modern literature, music, theatre and culture, inventions in science and technology, and much more. Our history is endless!
Black History Facts
Whatever your interest, you will likely be able to find a connection from that topic to Black history in the United States. At Biography.com, a look at “Black History,” reveals many unsung heroes and contributors to American history and culture.
Do your research, too:
Questia is a wealth of research sources on African-American history. In addition to sources on African-American culture and society, and famous African-Americans, you will find books and articles relating to the contributions of African-Americans in every part of the country and in every occupation.
"I Have Discovered In Life, There Are Ways Of Getting Almost Anywhere You Want To Go, If You Really Want To Go." ~Langston Hughes
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