Biblical Black History
My boys and my mom on Grandparents Day at school, circa 2000.
It’s Black History Month, and I’m having flashbacks to past Februaries when my kids used to write essays, give speeches, or create presentations about scientists, inventors, activists, and other notable African-Americans. In addition to the famous names of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, I remember names like Sojourner Truth, Lewis Latimer, Dorothy Height, Charles Drew, Madame C.J. Walker, Garrett Morgan, and more circulating in our busy home. (Enjoy the videos and information in the preceding links.)
With just six years that separate our oldest and youngest sons, there were a few years when all six of them attended the same school. So, they couldn’t have any overlap or duplication in their Black History Month projects. They couldn’t pass any of their presentations down or around, not that I would’ve allowed that anyway. So, we learned about a lot of people whose names don’t usually make it to the top of the heap when studying our history.
What about Blacks in the Bible?
The people we never considered when doing these assignments, however, were the people in the Bible that scholars have said were, more than likely, Black. For instance, I didn't know until recently that Moses' wife Zipporah was a Cushite (Numbers 12:1), which means she was descended from Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah. The ancient Nubian Kingdom of Cush was located in modern-day Sudan in Africa.
Look for a more detailed post about Zipporah and many others in the coming days and weeks, in honor of Black History Month. I’ll be posting articles about our people in the Scriptures in addition to my regular Bible journey posts. Which means I’ll be reading and writing almost as much as I did when I was in school myself. (Pray for me!)
I’m not an expert, but an inquisitive student that doesn’t mind doing a little research. So, I embrace the challenge because I love the Word, and I love our history. It’ll be a match made in Heaven. And, hopefully, there are moms and dads out there who will enjoy sharing some of the information I learn with their own children.
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