DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE — February 2021
BLACK HISTORY TRIBUTE
Is This a Zeitgeist Moment in Black History?
Beloved, the word zeitgeist is a German word. Zeit means “time,” and geist means “spirit.” It means a defining time, mood or spirit of a particular period of history in a strategic time.
Zeitgeist moments can be described as a perfect moment in time when the right people and the right movements change the social and political landscape, often resulting in a change in policy, social, moral and cultural norms.
As we celebrate Black History Month, as much as we should honor and celebrate our Black prophetic leaders of the past, something else is going on here that’s important. Is this a zeitgeist moment?
COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests during the summer, leading up to the current event of a domestic terrorist group implementing and successfully carrying out an insurrection of the Capitol, may point to it.
We are in now time.
On full and open display to the world, we all witnessed the double standard of how Black Lives Matter protesters were treated as opposed to white extremist groups that opened our eyes and clarified the meaning of white privilege.
A black Capitol policeman, Eugene Goodman, lured the attackers away from threatening congressional leaders and kept them safe.
Two days after the insurrection, a Morgan State graduate, Yogananda Pittman (yeah!), became the first Black and first female U.S. Capitol Police chief.
Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first Black/Asian American vice president of these United States.
With all the upheaval, Black history is still being made.
Black history is so vital to this nation because Black history is American history. The spirit of Black history is an incredible witness to the church and society of a deeper meaning of what faith really looks like in the truest sense. Not confessions, not just doctrines, not just a theology, but a witness of faith forged in unmerited suffering and redemption.
It’s a journey of a people who, despite the contradictions, unfairness, inequity and disparities, just keep getting back up, stepping up, standing out and going forward despite it all.
It is the lived-out message of faith, hope and love.
Black history is important for all people because Black history is American history.