Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month serves as a poignant reminder to reflect, learn, and celebrate the integral contributions of the African & Black Diaspora to American history. It is a time to challenge our notions of the past and expand our understanding of the rich tapestry that is American history.

In light of this, the Kol Or Jews of Color Caucus presented a special performance titled “March Through Time.” This captivating reenactment, captured during the Juneteenth Havdalah, takes viewers on a journey through key moments in Black history. From the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic address at the March on Washington, the performance brings to life triumphal moments in Black American community.

Under the inspired direction of Brother Mike Eldridge, a dedicated group of Kol Or leaders gathered in Marquette Park to retell this powerful story. Through stirring words and beautiful music, they paid homage to the resilience and perseverance of those who have fought for freedom and equality.

As we near the end of Black History Month, it is important to acknowledge that there is still much work to be done. One troubling example of erasure is the omission of American diplomat Ralph Bunche from conversations about peace in the Middle East. Bunche, the first Black Nobel laureate, was recognized for his pivotal role in the formation of the United Nations and his groundbreaking mediation and peacekeeping efforts. His legacy deserves to be remembered and celebrated. You can read more about his life here.

Moving forward, it is imperative that people continue to educate themselves, their children, and their communities. By doing so, we can build a world that aligns with our values of racial and economic justice. Let us use every month as an opportunity to reflect on Black history, celebrate progress, and commit to a future of inclusivity and equality.