February is Black History Month. It is a time in which we remember the influence that various individuals have made over the course of history. These contributions, in many of these cases, have worked toward creating a society in which racial divides are being destroyed, and people from every race live in harmony with one another!
Galatians 3:26-29 says, “So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourself with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
We are excited over the next week to invite two individuals to come to the school and share with our students about Black History! Beginning tomorrow, February 24, Donnaree Annon, mother of Sydni in SK, will be sharing with our Kindergarten-Grade 2 students about the black history, heritage, and culture. It is an incredible opportunity for the children to learn about different cultures and the depth and richness of their heritage. They will also be given the opportunity to appreciate their brothers and sisters in Christ that may be somewhat different from themselves!
Along the same vein, Pastor Michael Toby from the Selkirk Church of Christ will be coming on Monday to share with our students in Grades 3-8 in song and word about Black History as well. His focus will be on the area of Haldimand-Norfolk and its role in the Underground Railway. As a result, we, students and staff, are extremely excited at the opportunity to learn more about some topics that we might not be all too familiar with.
I encourage you to reflect over the purpose of having a Black History Month. There obviously is a reason, or it would not exist. The history of our world is polluted with division and hatred over things such as race. We have endured enough slavery, concentration camps, and genocide in our time on earth. “For we are all one in Christ!” Let this be our theme in how we relate with anyone that we meet.