Sunday, February 1, 2015

Langston Hughes's Birthday, First Day of Black History Month, Super Bowl Sunday, Book Club Meeting... PERFECTION!


Sometimes, the planets and stars all work together, and you get what I call a PERFECTION....

Today is Langston Hughes' birthday; he would have been 113 years old. I just love Langston Hughes. If you get a chance, pick up his book titled The Best of Semple. It is a collection of Hughes' short stories on a random man in Harlem called Jesse B. Semple. I see myself and people who I know in these short stories, and I laugh out loud when I read them.

Today is the First Day of Black History Month, and I absolutely love Black History Month. You all know that everyday that I wake up Black is Black History day. However, I just love that this country specifically uses this entire month, not day or week, to recognize us. I just happened to live in the DC area and the possibility of things to do to celebrate Black History month are limitless. Have I told you lately that I love where I live?

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, and I also love Super Bowl Sunday. It is the idea of getting together with friends, people are usually in a celebratory mood, there is normally foods that I don't normally indulge in, but I will dabble a little bit today, and we are just together to be together. I am not a football person at all, so I will talk throughout the entire game, crack jokes, eat, and be merry.

Last but not least, my book club is meeting at a sports bar before the Super Bowl game. It was not planned this way, but we just happen to be discussing Assata by Assata Shakur, and it just happens to be Black History Month.

Now, you can't tell me that the planets and stars are not lined up!

In honor of Black History Month and Langston Hughes, I am going to join the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) challenge. The goal of this challenge is to get bloggers to post a blog every day of the month and to read the blogs of a few other bloggers who have accepted this challenge. The NaBloPoMo site gave a theme for February, and they will also give writing prompts throughout the month. The theme for this month is Make. Now, I do not have to write on this theme, but I will try and write on it often. I am going to conjure the writing spirit of Langston Hughes and write, write, write this month...I know you'll stop by daily to support me.

My readers, I am challenging you to set a challenging, attainable goal this month just because we can.

Happy Hughes' Birthday, Black History Month, and Super Bowl Sunday!!!

I'm going to leave you with a poem by Langston Hughes:

Democracy

 Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.

I have as much right
As the other fellow has
To stand
On my two feet
And own the land.

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.

Freedom
Is a strong seed
Planted
In a great need.

I live here, too.
I want freedom
Just as you.



Langston Hughes





2 comments:

Shannon @ Reading Has Purpose said...

Every day is Black History Day :) I love it!

I can barely come up with something to write once a week. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for every day!

Might I see an Alice Walker lecture series recap???

Jacqueline said...

Shannon, I am sure that you will definitely see something on the Alice Walker lecture that I thoroughly enjoyed last night.

I am looking forward to this February challenge.

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