Black Love Day - Feb. 13 Celebrating 15 Years With 2008 Focus on Raising Women's Love Vibration



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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.


CONTACT:
Ayo Handy-Kendi
202-667-2577
 
 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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*sigh*...

I feel the same about "special days" and "marches"...

I give my obligatory support towards the inclination to bring something positive... but I wish the energy towards change resulted in less symbolic efforts and short lived displays of affection...
fro Never heard of it. But! The way things are today among blackfolks....this is DEFINITELY needed. I was lucky enough to feel BLACK LOVE everyday while growing up.... However, today....there are MANY who do not KNOW what that feels like! It's tragic to say the least. As a young girl....I felt the safest in my own neighbhorhood...where I could walk in the door of any house on the street....and was not only welcomed but FED with the rest of the kids. I was NEVER sent home cuz it wasn't enough food....they SHARED what little they had. As a child...I didn't even KNOW it was "little." Black children NEED to feel that. I hope this "BLOWS" up....cuz our children deserve to see and FEEL....REAL black love....not that imitation stuff on video/television....real real "RAW" black love. There's nothing on this earth LIKE IT. fro
You can generate a lot more appreciation and love when it's unexpected. Bringing your women flowers on a day where she has no expectations goes a lot further than bringing her flowers on a day where that is what a guy is supposed to do. Also, it cost a lot less. I am getting away from gift giving on these commercialized days and replace it with spontaneous and sporadic demonstrations of love and affection....which is not always a material gift.
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Originally posted by Kocolicious:
fro Never heard of it. But! The way things are today among blackfolks....this is DEFINITELY needed. I was lucky enough to feel BLACK LOVE everyday while growing up.... However, today....there are MANY who do not KNOW what that feels like! It's tragic to say the least. As a young girl....I felt the safest in my own neighbhorhood...where I could walk in the door of any house on the street....and was not only welcomed but FED with the rest of the kids. I was NEVER sent home cuz it wasn't enough food....they SHARED what little they had. As a child...I didn't even KNOW it was "little." Black children NEED to feel that. I hope this "BLOWS" up....cuz our children deserve to see and FEEL....REAL black love....not that imitation stuff on video/television....real real "RAW" black love. There's nothing on this earth LIKE IT. fro


I agree, Ms. Koco!! tfro I was loved by Black people growing up, too. And I learned to take that love past my own inner circle and I have love for all my people as a consequence. (Even the one's I don't like too much! Razz)

I hope this "blows up" too ... for the sake of the children, if nothing else. They are on their 15th year and this is the first I've heard of it, though. 19
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Originally posted by Noah The African:
You can generate a lot more appreciation and love when it's unexpected. Bringing your women flowers on a day where she has no expectations goes a lot further than bringing her flowers on a day where that is what a guy is supposed to do. Also, it cost a lot less. I am getting away from gift giving on these commercialized days and replace it with spontaneous and sporadic demonstrations of love and affection....which is not always a material gift.


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Originally posted by Noah The African:
You can generate a lot more appreciation and love when it's unexpected. Bringing your women flowers on a day where she has no expectations goes a lot further than bringing her flowers on a day where that is what a guy is supposed to do. Also, it cost a lot less. I am getting away from gift giving on these commercialized days and replace it with spontaneous and sporadic demonstrations of love and affection....which is not always a material gift.


I agree with this, NTA ... but, I believe the author/creator of this day is not only talking about the love we share with our spouse/SO ... but that Black Love is needed for and between ALL Black people! And while your premise of "not just today but everyday" rings true even in a community-oriented scenario such as that, it'll take more than a bouquet of flowers to get us to love, respect, honor and appreciate ourselves and, even more importantly, each other.
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
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Originally posted by Noah The African:
You can generate a lot more appreciation and love when it's unexpected. Bringing your women flowers on a day where she has no expectations goes a lot further than bringing her flowers on a day where that is what a guy is supposed to do. Also, it cost a lot less. I am getting away from gift giving on these commercialized days and replace it with spontaneous and sporadic demonstrations of love and affection....which is not always a material gift.


I agree with this, NTA ... but, I believe the author/creator of this day is not only talking about the love we share with our spouse/SO ... but that Black Love is needed for and between ALL Black people! And while your premise of "not just today but everyday" rings true even in a community-oriented scenario such as that, it'll take more than a bouquet of flowers to get us to love, respect, honor and appreciate ourselves and, even more importantly, each other.


Very true... My Baba just sent me this...

Black Love Day Pledge:

To show love for The Creator
To love myself first and to erase all traces of self- hatred for when I love myself, I therefore can love others.
To develop moral principles to stand for
To forgive myself for past acts of unloving behavior and move on
To show love for my family
To show love for my community
To show love for the race
To show love for myself, the community, and the race"
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
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Originally posted by Kocolicious:
fro Never heard of it. But! The way things are today among blackfolks....this is DEFINITELY needed. I was lucky enough to feel BLACK LOVE everyday while growing up.... However, today....there are MANY who do not KNOW what that feels like! It's tragic to say the least. As a young girl....I felt the safest in my own neighbhorhood...where I could walk in the door of any house on the street....and was not only welcomed but FED with the rest of the kids. I was NEVER sent home cuz it wasn't enough food....they SHARED what little they had. As a child...I didn't even KNOW it was "little." Black children NEED to feel that. I hope this "BLOWS" up....cuz our children deserve to see and FEEL....REAL black love....not that imitation stuff on video/television....real real "RAW" black love. There's nothing on this earth LIKE IT. fro


I agree, Ms. Koco!! tfro I was loved by Black people growing up, too. And I learned to take that love past my own inner circle and I have love for all my people as a consequence. (Even the one's I don't like too much! Razz)

I hope this "blows up" too ... for the sake of the children, if nothing else. They are on their 15th year and this is the first I've heard of it, though. 19

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I'm in total agreement. I think we need this, and need to really mean it, maybe more than we need anything else right now.
I would like to see our days of reverence be a Day of Service with the majority of us finding something to do for somebody else that could use some help. That is the way that Coretta Scott King asked us to honor MLK's birthday .... and I think that it's a most wonderful idea.
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Originally posted by Nmaginate:



African/African-American Centered Holidays/Celebrations/Rituals


(Sample list)

Black Love Day _____________ February 13
Frederick Douglas Day _____________ February 14
Crispus Attucks Day _____________ March 5
Harriet Tubman Day _____________ March 10
Black Marriage Day _____________ March 26
Malcolm X Day _____________ May 19
African Liberation Day _____________ May 25
Ancestor Honor Day _____________ 3rd Monday in May
African American Heritage Month __ Entire month of August
Marcus Garvey Birthday ___________ August 17


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Originally posted by Noah The African:
You can generate a lot more appreciation and love when it's unexpected. Bringing your women flowers on a day where she has no expectations goes a lot further than bringing her flowers on a day where that is what a guy is supposed to do. Also, it cost a lot less. I am getting away from gift giving on these commercialized days and replace it with spontaneous and sporadic demonstrations of love and affection....which is not always a material gift.



Noah... I don't know why I have not paid attention to your posts before... but I'm really liking the way you think...

I know people want to remain positive... but honestly I feel we do too much of this kind of thing in our community... there is nothing wrong with it... and I believe good can be had of anything with those involved participating with the right motivations...

true love... true comraderie... true bonding in our communtities will not be had by proclaiming a day to love everyone... and our problems in this area really need to be seriously addressed at the core...

that said... I'm not against it... I just think we are imbalanced in our method of approach to things...
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Originally posted by Wiz:
Maybe these holidays would catch on faster if they were not so dull and boring. You would think black people ain't no how to have fun. These 'holydays' is almost mormon in execution.


Probably needs some fairy tale and cute characters to associate with it. Not to mention a big meal.

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