Letter from the Editor: Black History Month & On Love

Picture by Clem Onojeghuo

Picture by Clem Onojeghuo

“And now these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

February is the month of love. Anyone who has known me since at least last Valentine’s Day knows that it’s one of my favorite holidays, and I usually come prepared with a stack of valentines and a bag full of mini-bottles of bubbles to give out to everyone I see.

While using Valentine’s Day to celebrate romantic love is great and a fantastic opportunity to remind your partner how much you love them, it’s also a great opportunity to celebrate platonic and familial love. Last year, one of my very good friends put together an extremely cute music video of our friend group set to all of our favorite love songs, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry a little. A lot has happened in the year that’s passed since then, but I still really treasure that moment and all of the times we shared.

Love is one of those things that has the power to bind people together and help us understand each other. I believe it’s important to try to do everything you can through a place of love, whether it’s as seemingly small as stapling handouts for a class or marching on Washington. Growing up in the church, I was raised with a belief in radical love - this means that we should love everyone, even the people it’s the hardest for us to. I’ve been guilty of not loving my neighbor as myself, and that’s something that I’m going to try to be more mindful of not just in February, but beyond it as well.

Another thing that binds people together is a shared understanding of history, and February is Black History Month. This might be a more important time than ever before to reflect on both history and the love that we can share to better understand and fix our present and our future.

I’m not even remotely close to being any sort of authority on black history (I’ll be learning some things alongside all of you), so I’ve attached several free, online resources below so we can all take this opportunity to learn more about black history. We’ve also created a very special Rival C of C playlist featuring some of our favorite black artists - including, of course, the Rival’s alum Don Crescendo.

So, this month, I challenge you to love those around you, and educate yourself so that we may work towards a better world together.


Sincerely,

Emma

Black History in the National Archives

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Black History Resources

Lowcountry Africana

The Avery Research Institute



Article by Managing Editor Emma Grabowski

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