I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow damned up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not weep at the world–I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
–Zora Neale Hurston
On this day, I will take five minutes to help my sons focus on the joy and blessings of being of African heritage. I might share with them the rich designs of kente cloth and discuss their meanings, or just take a short walk with them, look at the clouds and flowers and let them know there is a special joy in being alive.