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It’s February again!  The shortest month of the year is host to several celebrations including Black History Month.  I suspect this year people will wonder, “Don’t we all know by now the contributions of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.?”  “Aren’t we living in the post-racial era?”  “Isn’t it all good now that we have a Black President?”

No, unfortunately it is not. Racial, class, and gender injustice still operate in America.  However, we have the opportunity to better confront injustice, if we take our Black History Month lessons more seriously.

Thanks to Black History Month, some of us know the contributions, struggles, and victories of a handful of prominent people of African descent.  We know the battles of civil rights warriors who put their lives on the line to change this nation to one that operates more closely within its proclaimed tenets and ideals.  Certainly ‘liberty and justice for all’ was not something that Blacks or other people of color could readily expect or count on when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D., started Black History month in 1926 by instituting the first ‘Negro History Week.’   He chose the 2nd week in February for the celebration, acknowledging the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two men who were instrumental in removing the chains of slavery from Black Americans.


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Today we are experiencing a powerful Solar Eclipse. Well all eclipses are powerful, however this one is happening in the constellation of Capricorn. The energy of an eclipse can create intensity in our lives, and an opportunity to do some accelerated transformation.

What does this mean for you? Well Capricorn is the Mountain Goat, the Goat that climbs up steep slopes, steadily moving to reach its goal. To climb in such a way, even for an animal, takes a certain kind of planning. I imagine for the goats that planning ability is hardwired into their instincts, and nervous systems. They seem to automatically know where to place their hooves so that they can continue on their climb. For humans, planning is an action, or a series of actions that may lead to a goal.

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