I enjoyed reading the Banner’s black history stories. It creates a framework for thinking about Black History Month, and the role of all races and ethnicities in an increasingly diverse country.
I was born in the post-Civil Rights era, but it would be dismissive to support the end of Black History Month. However, I agree that maintaining Black History Month would not address the entire issue. Contributions from black culture should not be viewed as a separate entity but one that is intertwined in America’s history. Educational standards should include raising a collective consciousness so that students can say “Black history is our history, along with stories from other racial minorities.”
History should not simply reference contributions from racial minorities as blips of isolated achievements, but rather as results of living in a collective society.
Keep up the pursuit of your dreams of owning and operating your own specialty cake shop, Julius (“Sweet: Local baker constructs cake for Dudley groundbreaking,” Bay State banner, March 2, 2012).
Back during 1984, I owned and operated my own small retail bakery called, “Bob’s Best Cakes.” It was located at 736 Huntington Ave. in Mission Hill.
As a person of color, expression for the love of my work seemed to influence a number of young urban youth. I graduated from the now defunct Food and Maritime Trades Vocational High School, N.Y.C., the very same school that Wally Amos of “Famous Amos” cookies attended.
My advice to you is to understand the impact of financial management. Moreover, take advantage of Small Business Association classes.
I operated my shop successfully from 1984 to 2001, when I decided to sell it to take care of my mother, who was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Keep your dream with a head of steam.