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Lexiboost: “Heritage” The First Day of Black History Month

Sankofa, Heritage, Black HistoryLexicon has been on a bit of a pause for the first month of this New Year 2013. But this first day of February marks the beginning of Black History Month.

Tonight the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards honors the talented multi-hued artists of film and television. Watching this show reminds me that even as the United States of America has made so many strides in becoming a more tolerant nation, we still have very many more steps to take.

Tonight, I want to offer this special lexiboost:


Heritage (n):

1. something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage of poverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.
2. something reserved for one: the heritage of the righteous.
3. Law.
a. something that has been or may be inherited by legal or succession.
b. any property, especially land, that devolves by right of inheritance.


The heritage of the US is slavery, indentured servitude, religious intolerance, inequality, pain and injustice.

But our heritage is also the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, and vigorous Civil Rights defense.

Without any belief that Americans are superior in anyway to the peoples of other nations, we Americans are resilient and remarkable in our ability to fight for impossible futures. Fifty years ago, no one could really believe that they might see an African American president in their lifetime. One hundred and fifty years ago, no one believed that the States of America could survive united with the declaration of a totally free population. Yet, the greater citizenry of this nation continues to surprise itself with the feats it can achieve.

Peoples of color contribute no less than integral threads in the fabric of the US. We, each and every one of us, of all colors, creeds, and character, create the American tapestry, and it is all of our ancestors that lay the foundation for any greatness this country can claim.

In this Black History Month, I hope you will join me in celebrating an important facet of American history, culture, and heritage.

Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses content writing, comprehensive editing and quality resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language—insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services and rates, and enjoy her weekly columns on!

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