The month of February is Black History Month. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Some may wonder why it is important to look back at the history of the Negro. Why look back now? After all, we have a black president. The past is the past. There are several reasons to look back. The first reason is very obvious. We look back to celebrate our successes and to thank God for bringing us through slavery to the present. Another reason to look back is to find inspiration. As we look at the lives of people who overcame great obstacles, we can be proud and encouraged to not give up.
An Over Comer
What about George Washington Carver? His story is one that truly focuses on God’s divine intervention. He was born during the Civil War years, most likely in 1864. A week after his birth, George was kidnapped along with his sister and mother from the Carver farm by raiders from the neighboring state of Arkansas. The three were sold in Kentucky, and among them only the infant George was located by an agent of Moses Carver and returned to Missouri.
He would become the first African American to graduate from Iowa State University. He would go on to develop 300 derivative products from peanuts among them cheese, milk, coffee, flour, ink, dyes, plastics, wood stains, soap, linoleum, medicinal oils and cosmetics.
God truly had his hand on George Washington Carver. He never forgot what God had done for him. He often told others about his morning walks to pray and hear from God.
Did You Know
You may be thinking so what. That was then. What has that to do with me? The history of great African Americans is important now and forever. We cannot become complacent about where we are as a people. The statistical data today concerning African American men is alarming. Several studies have concluded that overall, more black males are in prison than are enrolled in colleges and universities. In 2000 there were 791,600 black men in prison and 603,032 enrolled in college versus 1980, when there were 143,000 black men in prison and 463,700 enrolled in college.
We Can Make a Difference
Christ’s Kingdom Builders, it is time for us to look seriously at outreach. Our outreach efforts must intensify to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must reach to the youth with a great passion. Our motto must become, “Leave no child behind.” We must seek to find children and bring them to church regularly. The power of the Holy Spirit to change lives still exists today. Kingdom Builders it is time to get in the battle and fight for our people.
It is Breakthrough Time!