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Black History Week: A Reflection by Clarence Jackson

Black history: Black history reminds me not to forget some of the great inventions and movements by black people that have transformed the world.


The honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey wrote,’ “A people without a knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

The root is firmly planted in the sweat, blood and tears of the wise, courageous, great and strong, and the branches flourish through the cells of ingenuity, greatness, struggle, overcoming, resistance, change and freedom.

For me, black history is looking back to move forward, looking around to keep going, looking within for what’s inside, looking ahead to make a mark, and willingly pave the way for others.

I am moved and greatly inspired to operate on a higher level, knowing that I have within me seeds of greatness. I am inspired and encouraged by the work and legacy of former greats who use their gifts, talents, and abilities for freedom, rights and justice for the betterment of humanity.

It is about acknowledging, honouring and remembering the contributions of black people who have helped shape our world today so that we can do the same for a better tomorrow, not only for ourselves but the entire world.

Accurate knowledge of Black history will inspire this generation to use everything they have to do everything they can to decorate the world with ingenuity and greatness.




Written by Clarence Jackson (The Purposition Man)