Black in America

Taqwaa Falaq Saleem
Taqwaa Falaq Saleem

The Savannah Tribune announces the third in a series of articles written by guest columnist Taqwaa Falaq Saleem. Taqwaa is a 2008 honor graduate with the B.A. in English Language and Literature from Savannah State University where she was also awarded the coveted President’s Second Mile Award at the commencement ceremonies. She is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant at Georgia Southern University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Each year the four sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council host the 100 Celebrity Men Who Cook fundraising event for the United Negro College Fund. This year marked the ninth year of the event bringing the community together to sample great food and raise money for the education of those yearning to expand their minds who might not otherwise be able to attend college. The tradition also displays the unity between four groups of women in the planning, advertising, and execution of the event. Dressed in black and wearing Greek letter pins, not the colors of their respective organizations, these community women united in a call for service.

Being Black in America represents embracing the truest forms of the holiday spirit and finding unity. This time of year, regardless of what holiday an individual chooses to celebrate, reflects a spirit of togetherness and thanksgiving. Now is the time to look back on what we have learned, endured, shared, and experienced in the past year. Now is the time to set our eyes on the newness that waits to appear with the dawn of a new horizon. As the sun prepares to set on 2008, together we should stand to watch the sunrise on 2009. We must use the same spirit of the presidents of those four sororities present at the fundraiser. We must realize the strength in numbers and the necessity of our unity.

Being Black in America is setting an example for current and future generations that even though we may belong to different organizations, attend different churches or schools, or even live in different neighborhoods, we must unite for the prosperity of our people.

Being Black in America means celebrating this season with clear hearts and minds set on continuing to unite in the New Year. Whether the celebration in your household is of Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukah, or any other holiday, enjoy the celebration in a spirit of unity. Give an extra smile or hug or kind word to brighten the day of another. Embrace the tie that binds all of us. Celebrate humanity.

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