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The Book of Negroes Mini Series

Updated on February 22, 2015

Wikipedia: The Book of Negroes is a 2007 award-winning novel from Canadian writer Lawrence Hill.

Aware winning recognition for the novel: Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize

Commonwealth Writers Prize

Selected for CBS Radio's Canada Reads

This BET Mini series based on the award winning novel is a hit and should be watched by all. The series is based on the kidnapping and enslavement of the character Aminata. The book reveals Aminata's story of navigation from enslavement in South Carolina to the revolution in New York to the treacherous environment of Nova Scotia and living in the Sierra Leone. All these efforts in an attempt to secure her freedom in the 19th century, recording her struggle for survival but the personal journeys and devastation of the slave trade.

While I have yet to read the book, the series revealed the mind, heart, intelligence, strength, and love of a remarkable woman. The character, intelligence, resilience, and heart of the character was brought to life in this mini series. Her devotion and love to her husband, regardless of the circumstances, and the love they shared-a beautiful story. Her wisdom, intelligence, and ability to gain respect from men for her efforts to survive and champion freedom - amazing.

Why is it important to understand the past and journey to freedom experienced by so many?

It is important to understand the significance of accomplishments, opportunities created through blood sacrifice, and compassion by others for the struggle of those that are oppressed. A deeper understanding and knowledge of the basis of race relations today not only amongst people of color but society. Every advancement for African American people was the result of courage, compassion from people in political power, and by the acknowledgment of the world to no longer allow injustice/brutality of a people.

Such series are timely presented during Black History Month. If more men, women, and children were reminded and made aware of the sacrifices that were made not only would African America lives be enriched but society as a whole would grow and be favored.

The relevance of history. If you do not study and understand your history you are doomed to repeat it. Novels and series such as the one present on BET is important to understand. When you understand your history, culture, and legacy of your people you can not disrespect their achievements.

Yourblackworld revealed the following statistics:

In 1950, 17 percent of African-American children lived in a home with their mother but not their father. By 2010 that had increased to 50 percent. In 1965, only eight percent of childbirths in the Black community occurred out-of-wedlock. In 2010 that figure was 41 percent; and today, the out-of-wedlock childbirth in the Black community sits at an astonishing 72 percent. The number of African-American women married and living with their spouse was recorded as 53 percent in 1950. By 2010, it had dropped to 25 percent.

When confronted with these statistics people tend to champion single family households as "the way it is." It is only that way when you allow it to be with the exception of divorce. If you do not make the same money as your counterparts and then you split lower income earnings in multiple households......disaster. Lack of education, skill/trade, coupled with having children limits the opportunities for your child to experience a stable background in a safe environment. For those of you who have income and can raise your child with opportunities, you still can't replace the need a man provides to a son or a daughter. The statistics don't lie about the issues these children suffer due to lack of planning.

Today we see clearly through the presentation of the younger generation that somehow the history became a distant memory. A behavior bathed in crazy has been born. "Get Money" and "Get Mine" at any cost is now promoted. Displayed verbally (hurtful words, aggression) and expressed in fashion........African Americans are obviously lost. Decisions based on looks and swag is praised over intelligence/values/thoughtfulness. Lack of ability to value and love one another. Something is wrong and the intelligent people are pretending they don't see it because everyone they associate with do not fit these statistics. Wearing blinders was not something our ancestors could pretend to do.

Do you African American households and behaviors have improved over the past 50 years?

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Wikipedia defines immortality as eternal life or the ability to live forever. I do believe the impact of a man/women channeled into a passion to achieve justice and help others is the ability to leave a legacy that lives on beyond your last breath. These are those who lived for more than just their benefit, but to be a benefit to the world. From great to small and large, there were people that knew they lived to make a different in the world.

Martin Luther King Jr. / Malcom X / Rosa Parks / Maya Angelou / Ozzie and Ruby Dee

The list goes on and on of those who still speak to us from the grave. People who knew their history and used their lifetime allowing their experiences to benefit others. They all did their part. Will you?

The question? How many people understand the effects of slavery, institutionalized functioning of racism in America, and the brainwashing of African Americans? Something went terribly wrong with the past few generations. What are your thoughts?


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