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ATSU Reflects on Black History Month: What is to come is certain to be better

Shawn Polk, MS, residential admissions counselor

“ATSU Reflects on Black History Month” is a series of personal statements from A.T. Still University faculty, staff, and students. This edition was written by Shawn Polk, MS, residential admissions counselor. 

Black History is synonymous with American history. Black History Month is a specific time to focus on African Americans and how their arrival on this land has been vital to the economic founding and the moral future of this country. The sweat and blood equity of enslaved Africans, the determination of Civil Rights leaders, and the forming of our present culture – these are the contributions of Black History in America. Surely, the beginnings of Black History in the Americas were bleak, but what is to come is certain to be better.

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered

Out from the gloomy past

Till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast

God of our weary years

God of our silent tears

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way

Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light

Keep us forever in the path, we pray

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee

Lyrics from “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (Negro National Anthem) – Song by J. Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson


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