January 9, 2014
The Big Events (2013)

Every year is full of events.  2013 was no different.  From a frozen beginning, 2013 had its events that moved the year along to a dramatic ending. And there were bumps along the way. These “bumps” were a variety of events that moved us, drew our sympathy, angered us, made us laugh or cry, entertained us or simply just made us think.  In other words, these “bumps” are the events are signs of life. And we lived a lot in 2013!

I would like to place the events of 2013 into three categories: The Good, the Bad, and the Game Changing. Now these categories might be “fictions” that allow me to decide how to feel about these big events. Perhaps. I concede that some of these events might be placed in different categories or that they might fit into more than one category.  I’m open to discussion or, even, debate about these events!

 What do the “big events” mean to the African American community? A lot!

Many of the big events in 2013 affected both the African American community and American society at large.  It is a true “fiction” to separate the African American community from other racial and ethnic communities that make up the U.S. population.  Some of these events may have had a slightly different impact but big events affect everyone.

Let’s get to the big events list.

The Good

I always like to start with the good news.

  • 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (August 28th)

  • Henry Wallace Released from Prison (October 4th)

  • Pardon (posthumous) for Scottsboro Boys (November 21st)

  • Unprecedented Number of Historical African American Movies from Fruitvale to 12 Years A Slave.

 The Bad

…and now for the bad news…

  • Supreme Court invalidated a key section of the Voting Rights Act (June 25th)

  • George Zimmerman acquitted of  Trayvon Martin murder (July 13th)

  • Typhoon Haiyan (November 3rd)

  • Death of Nelson Mandela (December 5th)


The Game Changers

 …and the events that made us think.

  • Supreme Court decision on Same Sex Marriage (June 24th)

  • Launch of Obamacare Website (October 1st)

  • Dow hits record high of 16,588.25 (December 31st)

Yes, some of these “big events” might need discussion. Some might require explanation about its category. Some might even require defending. Or there might be “big events” that are missing from this list.

Look at the article page on my website for further analysis and explanation about these big events. Or feel free to make a comment. I love comments! And be prepared for my response; I also love to write!

The New Year will, undoubtedly, bring new “big events” that will affect us. Take delight in the “good” events.  Show the courage to face the “bad” events. And approach the “game changing” events with wisdom.

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