|Fine Art Print - "Hidden Gems" Ballerina and Saxophone - 5x7 by Aesha Ash, Swan Dreams - A Shop With A Cause on Etsy.|
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
In February, the United States and Canada share a common observance, a rare thing between our two countries, but a welcome one particularly in this case. February is Black History Month, and it is a time to not just look to the past to find astonishing heroes and heroines that have changed the world as we know it, but a time to assess where we now sit in relation to our goals for understanding and harmony between all persons. This post will feature images of items available right now on Etsy that are particularly evocative as we look at Black History Month, and remember our shared history, and equally importantly, our shared future, for our children, and for our children's children.
|Rare African American Collectible Cabinet Card - Identified as Kate Smith at Button Empire on Etsy.|
|Black Americana - Cotton Bale, Memphis - Tupelo, Postmark - Vintage Postcard at Muse of Memorabilia on Etsy.|
|Rosa Parks Print 11x17 - Famous Seniors by Garrick, Senioritis on Etsy.|
|Carter G. Woodson Postage Stamps - Black History Month at Vintage by Cassandra on Etsy.|
I am not black, I am not a visible minority, unless you consider being female as a minority, statistically it is not. I consider myself instead an "Invisible Minority". I am a Jewish woman, and though I am not orthodox in my observances, I do self identify as a Jew. That means that people who meet me in my professional life often assume I am not Jewish. I have been present when people I consider to be friends have used derogatory terms, even absent-mindedly, in reference to the Jewish people. I was once discussing a shopping trip with a group of fellow nurses when a male nurse over 15 years my senior, stated, "How did you get a deal like that? Did you Jew them down?"
|Wedgwood Anti-Slavery Dish - 1930's at DeLuka on Etsy.|
|Vintage 1930's Mammie Doll - Handmade Toaster Cover at Firegypsy Vintage on Etsy.|
|Vintage Black Americana Print - Antique "Mammy" and "Sambo" Illustration & Poem at Tuppence Ha'penny on Etsy.|
|Mother To Son by Langston Hughes - Card by Jerise on Etsy.|
|Boys in White - 8x10 - Black And White Photograph by Nate Ivey, Neurorocker - Crescent City Connection on Etsy.|
When I was a child trading toys with my little friends, we used the term "Indian Giver" quite freely, meant as the ultimate put down for those who took back what they had traded. My mother pointed out to me at a young age that it was a hateful and ignorant thing to say, and I am grateful to her for it. I know that into my early twenties I was using the term "Gyped" to describe a situation where I felt I had been cheated out of money. It was only after realizing that the term actually referred to a Gypsy transaction, and in light of my own experience with a similar term involving my heritage, that I eradicated the term from my vocabulary. It now brings a great deal of shame to my heart to know that I may have offended someone with my thoughtless and ignorant remarks.
|1965 Fun With Our Friends - Classic Dick and Jane Primer - Ethnic Edition 1st Grade at Bookmonster on Etsy.|
|Black History Month // 1970s ABC Flashcard Letters Post Cards at Crab Apple Design on Etsy. Optional Stitching Into A Banner by Melissa Stewart.|
|Vintage Newspaper - Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination - San Francisco Examiner April 5, 1968 at House of Heirlooms on Etsy.|
|Vintage Martin Luther King Jr. & Bobby Kennedy [on Reverse] Memorial Pendant Necklace at Olive M'Lou DIY on Etsy.|
|"Our Lives Begin To End" Martin Luther King Jr. Quote - Jot and Go Recycled Notebook/Journal by Ivy Lane Designs on Etsy.|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Portrait Art Card - 5x7 Blank Card by Mike Tanoory, Tanoory Studios on Etsy.|
|Vintage Martin Luther King Jr. Spinning Memorial Pendant at Olive M'Lou DIY on Etsy.|
|Daddies Babies Vintage Photo of an African American Man, His 5 Children, and His Wife at Romance Writer on Etsy|
|Vintage Photo of a Cute Little African American Girl Wearing A Frilly Dress and Matching Purse at Romance Writer on Etsy|
|A Night On The Town, Vintage Photo of Three African American Women Having A Drink In A Club at Romance Writer on Etsy|
|Handsome Sailor Vintage Photo of a Young African American Boy in Naval Uniform at Romance Writer on Etsy|
|Love Art - Black History Month - London Photography, Street Photography [Love, Kiss, Romance] by Ronya, Ronya Galka Photography on Etsy.|
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
|Fine Art Print - 5x7 - Hidden Gems by Aesha Ash, Swan Dreams - A Shop With A Cause on Etsy.|
|A Class Full Of Lovely 9 Year Old Ballerinas To Be. [One of Which Happens To Be My Niece].|