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The History of Our Story! ~ Inspirational Blog Post~ Black History Month Series 2023

We are standing on the shoulders of the great ancestry that came before us. We all yearn to know our roots. We want to know who’s blood runs through our veins.

This year, during Black History Month we see our focus more on the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement, the artists who started the Harlem Renaissance, the activists who stood up against inequality, the unsung heroes who paved the way for our generation and beyond to build a better future as African Americans. We truly cannot influence the future until we can recognize our past. 

“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,” Acts 17:26

Ancestry.com and Legacytree.com have become two popular websites in helping us find out more about our pasts.

Unfortunately in this new generation, we have seemed to lose our connection to the men and women who paved the way for us. In retrospect, we have lost ourselves to the distractions of the “new” that society shoves down our throats. I feel that we need that connection to our ancestors to figure out our place and how to overcome the obstacles that hindered the ones who came before us.

How many of you can honestly say you know your true family history? How do we know where we are headed without knowing how far we have come?

“The more you know your history, the more liberated you are.” Maya Angelou

How can we have a serious discussion about our own family history? In looking back at my own ancestry, I realized how much we all are intertwined in some way.

There are so many stories of seemingly impossible odds that made way for incredible victories. We are derived from powerful Kings and Queens.

I remember when my boys were little, I would watch them do the things that children do and see through their eyes the world with an innocent view. I would wonder how to broach a subject on our painful and difficult history as people of color, to these beautiful brown boys that would have to face the harsh reality of inequality.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4

We used to have the African American Encyclopedia in our house when I was younger. I used to love looking at the pictures of all the people of color who lived so long ago. Each one had an incredible story of facing all things cruel yet endured to become great in their own right.

I did not realize then what I was looking through and reading, but I knew the books were very important. I look back now, and I wish I would have understood how serious these historical artifacts were to retain the information they provided to better help me in having these discussions with my boys.

My boys who will become beautiful black men, husbands and fathers; who will need to understand the roots of their existence to further tell our story to the generations to come.

I realized at a certain point that my children must hear the painful truth from us, their parents, before the world can fill their heads with information that is not correct. But, another thing is that we had to be prepared as adults to answer the hard questions and tell the whole story. No sugarcoating!

Again I wonder if we all know enough about our personal family history to tell the story to our own children…effectively?

“Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” Deuteronomy 32:7

God has blessed our heritage and culture with such a strong and powerful bloodline to embrace so we can thrive moving forward. We all are in charge of our own journey, yes, but we must give reverence and attention to those pioneers who helped change our world as people of color.

I still have alot of research to do for myself in discovering who’s shoulders I am standing on today. I know my family comes in all shades, sizes, and shapes. Its all a thing of beauty. It is my duty to know my people and know their stories. I must understand my blood truth so that their legacy doesn’t die off. Whether it’s the struggle or the victory, its all my birthright.

This helps me to understand why I am the way I am, why I have certain creative energies, why I feel passionately toward certain things, why I look the way I do, why I have certain proclivities; and as I discover my history I pray that these stories will be told for many generations to come.

God did not create us to be silent observers of life. He created us to be in the trenches to continue the legacy God began so long ago, when He gave destiny to David, power to Abraham and forgiveness through Jesus.

We all come from that ancestry.

“Things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” Psalms 78:3-4

We are making history, as people of color, daily. Everything we do is being recorded in some way, whether in our childrens minds, on a sheet of paper, or imprinted on the walls and doors of our homes; we are a part of history. Just like you would like to be remembered long after you are gone, the generations before us deserve to be honored too.

I challenge you during this Black History Month 2023, to find at least one interesting fact from your own family history.

I ask that you would please comment your findings on this blog post so all of us can know something incredible about your ancestry.

Let’s start more conversations about keeping our power instead of losing it to the schemes of the enemy. We all have a stake in history because it’s all our story.

Happy Black History Month to all my fellow family, friends, and communities of color.
We got this because God got us!

Sincerely,
Terryn Horton-Morton

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