Black History is American History. At Northpoint Bible College, we asked several people to describe what Black History Month means to them. Terrance Tyson, one of our first-year students, contributed by offering this article. He is a bright light on our campus as he worships, prays, plays basketball, and contributes to the community. Terrance is a recent graduate of ATC New Jersey, and his future is as bright as the promises of God.
Here is his article:
When I sit back and look at the Black culture today, I can’t help but be grateful for all the progress that has taken place since the civil rights movement.
I am thankful for all of those who have paved the way for me and others like me to excel in life. We may not be where we would like to be, but I do believe we are headed in the right direction.
My grandfather told me, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re incapable of doing anything. When you work hard, and trust in God you can do all things.” The fight our ancestors started was not for us to be better than anyone else, it was so that we would be looked at as equal to everyone else. They did this by educating themselves when they were not allowed to and standing up for our basic human rights.
If we want to see a change, we must follow their example. Let us remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King that we would “live in a nation where we will not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character.”
If this is our standard, we must live in a way that reflects this standard.