His Legacy Must Continue

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His legacy continues! Let’s not celebrate a man that had a sturdy footprint in history on just one day, we should celebrate it the rest of the 364 days. His platform and his voice made an impact on the masses within the Black community. Speaking up for injustice, being a leader… a leader that possessed everything that embodied what you would imagine a leader to be.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assisted the Black community by becoming a voice of the people, the voice of reason and he knew who his audience was. The fact that he not only captured the black community, the rest of the country saw him! We have born leaders…born leaders who continue his legacy and the others before him. People loved and hated him and unfortunately the hate was the downfall to this inspirational leader.

We Celebrate You Always, Dr. King!

As seen on TV today, the audience is a huge variety of races, religions, beliefs, you name it, which leads us up to the theme for Black History Recognition (I love the way that sounds). The Black Migrations… I follow the Association for the African American Life and History (ASALH) themes and for 2019 the Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.

While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today. Beginning in the early decades of the twentieth century, African American migration patterns included relocation from southern farms to southern cities; from the South to the Northeast, Midwest, and West; from the Caribbean to U.S. cities, as well as to migrant labor farms; and the emigration of noted African Americans to Africa and to European cities, such as Paris and London, after the end of World War I and World War II.

Immigration is the number one talk of the nation. Although, Migration, Emigration, and Immigration is intertwined, take a second to Google those three definitions.

Going back in time, history tells us of the movement, displacement, removal, of many people…Today we are still a “Melting Pot,” or shall I say a Melting Pot that’s on the highest setting.

As an Agricultural Consultant, my word of mouth research has proven that people have been traumatized from one of the main sources of Self Sustainability. Most people in this country have a background that involves Agriculture…it embodied a way of life and it still does today.

During migration periods, depressions, inflations, segregation, and we could probably add a hundred more “ion” ending words to the list. The migration of the Black Agricultural Communities went from rural to urban settings. They all left for the city and some stayed with the land. To this day, many have issues with, “Heir Property,” where the land is passed through the generational wealth system and the family should inherit the land and continue a legacy. However, some do
not see the land as an income source or of value.

The Black Migration or The Great Migration (1910-1970), there was still unfair treatment to those in the farming industry, due to unfair treatment as sharecroppers, crop lien systems (the stores and the landowners were paid more, while the farmer was paid little to nothing), and for those who were tenant farmers. These three terms were a sad circle of life for those who wanted to be self sustaining farmers. Today, we will still see obstacles as rural and urban farmers; however, the variables have changed and as we continue to work together and pull in all applicable resources, IT CAN BE SUSTAINABLE!

The Migration made many changes for people of all professions and industries. In the Agricultural community, history has disconnected us from the natural resources that came through us historically, naturally and from learned experience. The urbanization from the Migration of the African American population and unfortunately the Agricultural Adjustment Act
of 1938
reduced workers in agriculture and domestic labor. Again, another deterrent that helped landowners, however most farms were not occupied by African Americans.

We move into 2019 with more consciousness and awareness, some more than others. Black farmers are occupying 80 to hundreds of acres and smaller farmers are holding it done with urban gardens and farms in cities. However, when it comes to Agriculture, it is important to understand the knowledge of what if, how to and when to get ready! Take the time to grow one seed, nurse one plant, care for one animal. Your ancestors created a legacy that we must not lose.

Wishing you abundance and resilience!

Marian Wright Edelman
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Marian Wright Edelman is an American activist for children's rights. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president emerita and founder of the Children's Defense Fund.

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