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Black History and Heart Health Month Blog
Black History Month: Love, Heart Health, and Black Migration
February is traditionally observed as the “Month of Love” and the time in which we celebrate Valentine’s Day. February, however, has also been designated as Black History Month and Heart health month. As I considered this month’s blog, it occurred to me that all these observances have a few things in common, love and the heart. Love and the heart you ask, Dr. Meg what do you mean? I am glad you asked.
First, let’s start with the “Month of Love” aka Valentine Day. It is safe to say that no one can experience love unless their heart is involved. Would you agree? The word of God reminds us that the heart is desperately wicked, and as Christ-followers, we can affirm that until God changes our hearts, we cannot truly love anyone, but ourselves. In fact, I will be willing to bet that a genuine Christ-follower is often the most amazed at the changes that God has brought about in his or her heart, because honestly no one knows you as well as you know yourself. So, as you celebrate Valentine’s day whether you are single, married, divorced, or just a child, open your heart to feel the love of others, and most importantly, the love of your heavenly Father, who loves you more than anyone on earth. Close your eyes and feel that love and remember to celebrate by giving HIM praise.
Next, let’s take a look at Black History Month! The theme for 2019 is "Black Migrations." The theme brings a focus on "the movement of African Americans to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities." So, I can hear your question, what has love or the heart got to do with black migration? In other words, what does the movement to a new destination or to a new social reality have to do with love and or the heart? Allow me to elaborate! While Black migrations did not originally start in love, it is clear to me that the movement of Blacks across the US and the world is in pursuit of love, better heart health, peace, and making a better life for future generations than we had ourselves. Take my life for an example, over two and a half decades ago, I took a step of faith and with the help of God and family, I uprooted my family to travel to America in search of better educational opportunities and a better future for my children. While love might not have been articulated in those dinner table conversations and prayer meetings, it was the driving force behind everything. For instance, my constant prayer to God was to help me not to be a generational thief with love as its linchpin, since I fully believe that a good man/woman leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.
But, you might say what does love have to do with black migration in the U.S.A. Again, a good example of this love is the sharecroppers who left the south and headed north to escape overt racism and discrimination, and to build a better future for their families. Every move was oiled in love and as they left their original destinations, their hearts were hopeful that somehow their dreams for their sons and daughters to be treated fairly, given an equal chance, and treated with respect would come to fruition. Whether these dreams have been fulfilled is debatable, and I would love to hear your thoughts about this. But, I believe that the heart and the need for love and acceptance were, and still is, the impetus for black migration.
As we move forward this month, let us continue to ask for God’s wisdom to guide all we do and say. Additionally, we must keep loving one another like it’s your last chance, keep a watch over your hearts and pray for African Americans as they work to find their rightful place in the U.S. and the world. Finally, please feel free to share your love, migration, and or heart health story with us during this month of love. Also, check back with us next month when we will examine heart health and forgiveness.