Black Love Day - Feb. 13 Celebrating 15 Years With 2008 Focus on Raising Women's Love Vibration
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) - "Raising the Love Vibration of Woman, Raising a Nation" is the theme of this year's national, Black Love Day - Feb. 13 as it celebrates its 15th year Anniversary. Black Love Day (BLD) is the 3rd national, commemorative African American holiday (wholyday) observance of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24 hour demonstration of Black love. On BLD, at best, show 5 Tenets (specific acts) towards the Creator, for Self, for the Family, within the Black Community and for the Black Race. Also in the 24 hours, Whites show "love in action" towards Blacks, atonement or introspection of their racial attitudes and behavior. Black Love Day gives everyone 24 hours to heal relationships. Founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy Kendi, founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA), BLD is an African-centered, alternative to the commercial Valentine's Day with the spiritual goals of healing relationships through 1.) Black self-love instead of self-hatred, 2.) racial healing to stop White supremacy/racism, and 3.) increasing peace to stop violence.
Yearly, this African American holiday has grown in popularity similar to Juneteenth and Kwanzaa. New developments for this year's BLD observance include a DVD that will be launched on UTube to expose the wholyday to a broader audience; a Black Love Relationship Ceremony Tour scheduled for Washington, D.C. on BLD, Feb. 13 the; Richmond, Va on Feb 22nd, and St. Louis, Missouri, tba; a Black Love on-line survey; and the newly, re-issued, 3rd edition of "The Black Love Book" as the definitive "How-to" observe Black Love Day guide and anthology of love with essays, self-help info, affirmations and the history of Valentine's Day.
Author - Ayo Handy-Kendi
With this year's BLD focus on the raising the love vibration of women, AAHA continues its "Woman's Empowerment Movement" launched in 2007, stressing that the empowerment of woman is the cornerstone foundation and the key solution to change the emergency state of Black families.
Listening to Rev. Jesse Jackson describe the state of emergency in the Black community on a national talk show, encouraged this year's theme, Handy-Kendi explained. "Then, I read of the D.C. mother who starved her four children to death and viewed this as one specific example of the emergency state of Black families mirrored in women. Increased women's obesity; lung and breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease; substance abuse; incarceration; grandmothers raising children; female, single-headed households; poverty, domestic violence and homicide of women -- all show a decline in the quality lives led by women, which will have a direct impact on the quality of the relationships they nurture in our families and in our communities. As we struggle to better and strengthen our Community -- as we fight against oppression, disparities in health and wealth, and holding on to rapidly changing values in a fast-paced, world, we, as a community can not close our eyes to the violence taking place within our own families. We've been allowing our anger, our frustrations and our stress due to oppression to boil over and hurt our mates and our children. Black woman, the historical matriarch that kept so much together for our families as the first teachers and not holding up her end like she used to. Either bombarded and overwhelmed by modern society, or spending enormous amounts of time, taking care of their outsides and not their insides -- who knows -- if Black women take the challenge of BLD's 24 hour love demonstration to take care of themselves better--it might feel so good that it may cause a chain reaction far beyond this one day, to help change some hearts, some minds, some attitudes and behaviors, forever. "
Handy-Kendi, as a 30 year community activist and wholistic practitioner, specializing in transformative processes such as breathwork, visualization, aroma and laugh therapy and stress management, regularly sees the impact of women's health. As an inspirational speaker, an authority on holidays, a storyteller, and an entrepreneur, Handy-Kendi, has also made numerous appearances connecting the dots between culture and health. She has been featured on many radio talk shows, notably Voice of America, CNN, Tom Joyner's Morning Show and Bev Smith. She has also appeared in numerous newspaper articles and in publications, such as The Washington Post, Target Magazine, Associate Press and the National Newspaper Association (NNPA). Black Love Day has become quite popular with many college campuses, notably FAMU, Morgan State and Howard U.
For further information, on Black Love Day, contact, Rashida Thomas, publicists for AAHA at 202-667-2577 and view www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org
WHAT IS BLACK LOVE DAY?
* BLACK LOVE DAY (BLD) is the 3rd nationally, commemorated African American holiday (wholyday) observance of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24 hour demonstration of Black love, showing 5 Tenets (specific acts) towards the Creator, for Self, for the Family, within the Black Community and for the Black Race. Also in 24 hours, Whites show "love in action" towards Blacks, atonement or introspection of their racial attitudes and behavior.
* BLD was founded in 1993 by Ayo Handy Kendi, founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA). BLD is an African-centered, alternative to the commercial Valentine's Day with the spiritual goals of encouraging: 1) Black self-love instead of self-hatred; 2) increased peace to stop violence; and 3) racial healing to stop White supremacy/racism!
* WHAT TO DO: Every Feb. 13th on BLD, People of African Descent show love for 24 hours. We demonstrate the 5 Tenets of Black Love and recommit to the Nguzo Saba, principles of love and unity for the Black Diaspora. We display the "Akoma" an Adinkra symbol of love, patience, goodwill, faithfulness & endurance. We give the greeting, "Nya Akoma" (N-yah Ah-Coma) which means "get a heart, be patient!" We celebrate with personal love rituals, couple love-ins or community relationship ceremonies. We buy conscious love gifts from Black merchants to recycle Black dollars to love our communities. We read "The Black Love Book" to inspire us toward love's healing power. Beyond Feb. 13, we practice the principles of Black Love, returning to love everyday to heal ALL our relationships and better the planet!
* 2008 THEME: "Raising the Love Vibration of Woman, Raising a Nation" to address the state of emergency of the Black Family, through the solution of self-love within Black women.