HAVE YOU HEARD? What about celebrating black history all year?

The celebration of Black History shouldn’t be confined to just 28 days.

Blacks have been supporting the United States every day since they arrived as slaves. We have been committed to supporting the United States - in good times and bad times. When February ends, our support continues for the next 11 months.

Barack Obama’s inaguration as the President of the United States represents one of the most significant events in history, not only in Black History but in American history.

Racism is still the most intractable issue in our lives. Obama’s election serves as a welcome triumph against racism. However, that triumph in no way signals racism’s elimination.

Racism will continue to be quite evident in the way African Americans are treated by the police, the courts and the corrections systems. When it comes to employment, housing, health care, education and many necessities that directly impact the lives of black Americans, racism is still evident.

There are 12 months in a year and blacks have to have all 12 months to keep hope alive. We are still fighting for equality and fighting for our country.

We have a legacy of courage, innovation and determination, and we continue to fight to move forward, building the future for our next generation. It’s a legacy that should not be forgotten.

The future - you can’t see it, you can’t predict it, you can’t control it. But you can prepare for it. It’s not just about where your dreams will take you. It’s where you take your dreams. And it takes all twelve months, before you start over again.