Celebrating Black History Month
LBA Celebrates Black History Month Feature Member Hon. Jules Edwards III
This year, our Association is focusing its efforts on our membership by providing the tools to build new relationships and creating an atmosphere for important discussions. This includes diversity awareness. February brings us the perfect opportunity to discuss diversity in our local legal community and in the legal community at large as we celebrate Black History Month. Throughout the month of February, we would like to share the personal and professional journeys of our members who are African American or persons of color.
Featured Member: Hon. Jules Edwards III
What does the celebration of Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month provides a structured opportunity to learn, study and reflect on an important aspect of American History. Regrettably, this information is not yet integrated in the K-12 curriculum of most schools. Thus, it still requires individual initiative to come to know and appreciate this information.
The national 2021 Black History Month theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity." How is this theme related to your own life?
The family is the basic building block of our society. The family is the primary unit of socialization and acculturation. Popular media still presents many negative representations of Black People and the Black Family. Those negative representations inspire children to develop negative self-images. Those negative representations inspire the development of stereotypical thinking. Diversity is all the ways that we are the same and all the ways that we are different. Both are important, even those ways that are not important to me. We need to pause to consider the perspective and motivation of the other. Care is a behavior, not just an attitude.
Why do you feel it is important that we promote conversations about diversity?
Conversation about diversity offer the opportunity to strengthen our community and the respect we have for and show one another. We all have talents and individuals. There is only one race and that is the Human Race. There is no biological basis for the concept of multiple races. And yet this artificial, man-made construct was designed and continues to be used to impose unearned benefits and bestow unearned privileges. Discussions of diversity help us to appreciate all of the ways that we are both alike and different.