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February 5, 2021

Celebration In Lieu Of Transformation: Reflections On Black History Month

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Celebration In Lieu Of Termination: Reflections On Black History Month

Celebration in lieu of transformation is embodied in individual and collective tendencies to prefer the aesthetics of giving “accolades” over and above, embracing the accountability to take action against
injustice.   

The celebration of historical figures and events in place of taking a stand against present-day oppression reveals these overtures and acknowledgments for what they really are……

Performative transactions, posted, peddled, and positioned with precision on social media in
January/February to a chorus of likes and loves. 

Rosa, Martin, Fannie, Harriet…… If you really want to honor their legacy, do what
they did……

FIGHT FOR JUSTICE!

Retreating to the safety of the “symbolic” leaves the call to action unanswered.     

Celebration centers comfort while transformation centers accountability. 

I can think of no better way to celebrate the contributions of black lives past, present, and future, than to act with intention in ways that disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression

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Lemington Elder Care Services: 120+ Years Of Service To The African American Community

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Lemington Elder Care Services (LECS) was founded on July 4, 1883, in Pittsburgh, PA.  It was one of the first Homes For The Aged that cared for black women in America.  It was also the oldest continuously operated nursing homes in the United States. 

In 1877, Mary Peck Bond discovered that her friend “Aunt Peggy” was living in a damp basement.  Aunt Peggy was 100 years old and was also formerly enslaved.  With the help of friends, Bond and her friends were able to find an apartment for Aunt Peggy.  Thus, Lemington was born.  Bond and her friends raised money for years until they were able to purchase a home to care for elderly.  4 residents were admitted on the first day (including Aunt Peggy). In 1983, a new 33 bed home was built on Lemington Avenue and the home was renamed Lemington Home For The Aged. 

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