Celebrate black history with parade

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 15, 2010

During the month of February many throughout our nation pause and reflect upon the many contributions made by people of African origin during Black History Month. The foundation of our countries economic system was laid by the labor of the enslaved. When faced with hardships people of African origin endured adversity for generations. Our contributions and accomplishments have been recorded in the annals of agriculture, business, education, engineering, entertainment, industry, literature, medicine, science and government just to name a few. Yet, still there are many who are unaware of these many accomplishments. This is why we celebrate, to bring forth this information.

Now there are some who are of the opinion that there is no longer a need for any type of celebration by the African-American community. They feel that the election of a black man to the highest office in this land means that we as a people have arrived.

The race that we have run is not a sprint, it is a marathon, and there are still many miles to go. The accomplishments of previous generations should serve as an inspiration to the present and for the generations to come. For it is difficult to know in what direction you need to be going, if you have little knowledge of where you have been. This is why we celebrate.

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Before John Hancock placed his famed signature upon the Declaration of Independence people of African origin have contributed to establishment of the culture and the economy of our nation. Let us not continue to overlook their accomplishments. The 20th Anniversary Membership campaign of the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture is now underway. Annual membership is only $10. Please join us, and assist us in our efforts to tell “The Rest of the Story.”

You are also asked to join us in the celebration of the 14th annual Black History Month parade.

This event is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday. To register or for additional information call 601-445-0728.

Darrell White is the director of the Natchez Association for the Preservation of African-American History & Culture.