Black History Month: A Personal Take

As we embark on the journey of Black History Month, we are honored to share with you a personal reflection from one of our esteemed faculty members, Kevin Fraser, Director of Management Information Systems (MIS) at Acsenda School of Management. Kevin’s words encapsulate the essence of this month-long celebration and the profound significance it holds for the Black community and beyond.

Black History Month: A Personal Take

“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey, revered Pan-Africanist

As a Jamaican of African descent, these powerful words serve as a guiding light for me, urging me to embrace the essence of Black consciousness and remain aware of my identity. That is why Black History Month holds a special place in my heart. It is a dedicated period to celebrate, reflect on, and pay homage to my ancestors, recognizing their significant contributions to humanity. Today, The Akan Tribe’s concept of Sankofa (loosely translated to ‘go back and get it’) inspires me to learn and cherish our roots with depth and grace.

As we honor our past, we also set our sights on the path forward, recognizing that understanding where we come from is key to planning for a better future. Thus, Black History Month becomes not just a time to commemorate, but a moment to engage in the profound journey of ‘Know Thyself,’ fostering self-discovery. In shaping this positive narrative, we envision a future that embraces the richness of our history and propels us toward collective growth and empowerment.

Kevin Fraser

Director of Management Information Systems (MIS)

Acsenda School of Management

February 2024

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