Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company celebrated Black History Day at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, Feb. 17, with an awesome time of adulation, reflection and reverence to our Lord and Savior. It was a day of worship, music and dance.
Watch the video above to enjoy the experience.
After Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company worshiped through music and dance, Rev.Louis R. Blakey, Jr. gave an overview of the origin of Black History Month as well as listing some of the inventions and discoveries by African Americans.
Since it was Youth Sunday, he spoke to the youth as the adults listened.
The pastor said, "History is a source of faith." Then he outlined six things African American youth should be mindful of.
- You came from greatness. Therefore, you can overcome all things with the help of God.
- Black men should respect themselves and their black women. Youth should grow up respecting themselves, then others will respect them because respect has to be earned.
- Whatever you become, remember you were black first. If you because a doctor, society will always see you as a black doctor. If you become a lawyer, you will always be a black lawyer. Even if you became the president, society will always view you as black first and president second.
- Always carry yourself with dignity. Walk with your head up. Give firm handshake. Keep your word because when you have nothing else, you will always have your word.
- The world and society owe you nothing. If you want something, you have to go out and get it.
- No one is successful by accident. Plan to work and work your plan. Put in hard work and others will acknowledge it. Don't buy into what others want you to be. Decide on your own terms and give God the glory.
It was a good day at New Canaan!