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A Reflection on Black History Month

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Black History Month is a time for deep reflection.

Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going.

We’ve undoubtedly been dealing with racial injustices and racial alliances, both running concurrently.

The popularity of hate groups all across America are at an all-time high. Meanwhile, Juneteenth is a thing; can we just call it Emancipation Day? Let’s not water it down…

We witnessed a cliffhanger presidential transfer of power as Amanda Gorman breathed breath into a nation.

And then there’s Georgia…wow! Go figure!!

Many negatives plague the Black community — lack of equality, equity, education and enterprise; however, racism is the root that supports our inequities.

As folks continue to pontificate on how to dismantle systematic racism, it is evident that this road is inherently long because one can’t legislate hearts and minds.

This is where the strength of our ancestors and allies gives us hope, courage and the will to believe in the fight and the belief that the “we the people” that has been inalienable in some, will be inalienable in all.

This is my belief and my hope.

I don’t speak for LEE’s African-American Resource Group; however, I am a voice of LEE’s African-American Resource Group.

I don’t speak for the Black community; however, I am a voice of the Black community.

I think that we can all agree that this is an individual and collective journey.

As we walk the road of a formal national apology one day littered with consensual contrition, let’s remember:

Black History Month is a time for deep reflection.

Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going.


Johnny Capers, M.B.A., M.P.A. is the Senior Director of Finance at LEE. A former Financial Analyst for Discovery Communications, Johnny attended Bowie State University and is a first-generation college graduate.