A Tribute to My African American Mother for Black History Month

Mother and Child
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By Boots!

I cannot help but think that if everyone were taught the value of respecting others this world would be a better world! This is an important idea, this Black History Month. There appears to be a rise in social degradation directed at Blacks. I wonder where all the evil and mean treatment of humans comes from?

I Remember

I Remember what Momma said! I can see Momma now, as I think of what she said. I would look into her eyes as she lectured me, and as I stared in her face. It appeared that her eyes were as large as an owl’s eyes and wide open. Her beautiful chocolate skin had a smooth, even look about it. Her face, beautiful but strong. I learned much from Momma about how to be a decent human being. “You treat people with respect!”  “You treat people the way you want to be treated!”  I would say, “Yes Momma”. Momma would then say, “Do you hear me young man?”   I would say “Yes Momma”. 

Those Lessons

Those lessons from my mother penetrated me spiritually and became an amalgamated part of my character. I find, much later in life, that my reliance on lessons from Momma have saved my life both psychologically and physically, in what I see as a world insistent on assaultive micro aggressions. I want the world to know, this Black History Month, that heavy is the burden of social assault, but we will continue to be strong like Momma!

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  1. I really enjoyed your reading the articles on your website! I plan to visit The Studio Museum art exhibit when it comes to Charleston. Keep up the good work spreading positive thoughts and working to dispel myths about colorism in the black community.

    My best,


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