Here is something for Valentines' Day of 2011.
As I learn more indepth information about the era of slavery in the United States I am amazed at the strength of individuals and the vivacity for life. It is easy to find stories of hardship and woe mized with people's will to live, love and have a family. In honor of Valentines day I am posting an excerpt from "The Black family in slavery and freedom, 1750-1925". This following excerpt is a letter between two ex-slaves that were married but were split up. The letter is sad but it depicts the need of family and unity but also the tradegy that was staged in African's lives in the United States. There is life, love, family and connection in the black community in the United States which has started since slavery. Although, there is talk of the break down of the black family in popular culture,I believe if we look a little closer, we can see the strength of black family.
Happy Valentines Day!
On the Sanctity of Marriage - The Atlantic