Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tha Artivist Writes: Celebrate & Make Black History Everyday...

"The worker must work for the glory of his handiwork, not simply for pay; the thinker must think for truth, not for fame."
---Dr. W.E.B. DuBois

Hello Family,

I am definitely dedicated to not only celebrating Black History everyday, but also making Black History everyday...Dr. John Hope Franklin, the noted African American Scholar and Historian, once said that you must not only document history in the making, but you must also be active in changing the course of history...

I urge people all the time to use their God-given talents to effect change and to inspire people...Your gifts are never meant for you, they are meant for the world to enjoy and be inspired by...

We are all important messengers...However, many of us will never discover the packages we are meant to deliver...Because we refuse to research the delivery routes taken by others in the past to deliver their messages...

The world's graveyards are full of undelivered packages...Regardless of how late you deliver the package make sure to deliver it!!!

We all stand on the shoulders of Giants, so I would recommend we all take the time to find out whom all those shoulders belong to!!!

I am an Artivist a.k.a. Artist + Activist or one who consciously uses his or her talents to create awareness and effect change in society...

Here are some of the things I have done to bring awareness to the achievements of Black people in our country and beyond:

Celebrate Black History And Love All Day Every Day With Works By Tha Artivist...

Created the first annual Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Which Took Place Oct. 19-21, 2007 in several locations throughout Memphis:

I also wrote, illustrated and self-published my first book about a forgotten jazz pioneer entitled James Reese Europe: Jazz Lieutenant, The Book Was Named To The Smithsonian Institute's Recommended Jazz Books For Kids And Young Adults List...Please go to the official website to find out more:

Created a very popular internet radio show called Tha Artivist Presents...W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio, check it out by clicking on the following link:

Created a comic strip to honor the memory of my maternal grandfather who was a member of the legendary Red Ball Express During WW2:

I also created an award winning alternative news blog which gives news from an African American Perspective:

photo by wilma potts
(Ron Herd II also known as R2C2H2 Tha Artivist hosts the internet radio show “Tha Artivist Presents...W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio” at . His Websites are and He is also the author of James Reese Europe: Jazz Lieutenant

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