Five years ago while shopping in Atlanta’s Shrine of the Black Madonna, I came across Richard Wright’s book The Color Curtain. I’m not exactly sure of what drew me to the book. Perhaps it was the map of Africa and Asia on the cover, or maybe it was the sale price. Either way, something compelled me to buy the book and I haven’t been the same since.

In the book, Wright details his participation in the 1955 Bandung Conference, a self-determined effort by African and Asian states to promote Afro-Asian cooperation and oppose colonialism. After four years in a diverse New York high school, and four years at Morehouse College, I couldn’t believe that I had never heard of this event. After completing the book, I thought to myself, what other historically relevant events am I unaware of?

And so began my life’s work to discover and uncover historical facts, events, people and symbols that go uncovered by our formal education. I was so inspired by what I was learning (and continue to learn), that I began jotting down points of interest. In a short time, I had developed over 100 concepts of historical significance, most taking shape in the form of images. Then it dawned on me, what if these images could be used as a means to connect people of color to their history, as well as serve as a source of inspiration for our daily life? It is out of that spirit that Historically-A-Wear was born.

Simply put, Historically-A-Wear is a resource designed to spread awareness and keep us looking fly.   I hope you enjoy and learn something new!

Sarquis

 

 

 

When I reminisce about my childhood growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I can't help but think about how all of those experiences shaped my identity and influenced my world view. "Founded" by Haitian settler Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (shout out to the Algonquin tribes who preceded him), Chicago for me was a daily reminder and testament to black excellence and entrepreneurship. When I think about my education, my memories begin with what felt like weekly field trips to the DuSable Museum of African American History, as well as countless hours of research done at the Carter G. Woodson Library on 95th Street. News about the world around me came from the Chicago Defender, Ebony Magazine, op-eds by Vernon Jarrett, and always JET Magazine. After all, if it was printed in JET then it HAD TO BE TRUE.

The works of Richard Wright, who wrote Native Son and later the Color Curtain, and Gwendolyn Brooks were required reading for every student. I thought so highly of Brooks' "We Real Cool" that it was the first poem that I committed to memory. When it came to studying politics, our only points of reference were Jesse Jackson for President, and Black Chicago's crown jewel, Harold Washington for Mayor. And there isn't a black girl that I know that didn't aspire to be the next Ida B. Wells Barnett. For me, all things just and righteous began and ended with her.

It is that legacy that I hope to share with every child of every color. As the parents of three children, Sarquis and I have dedicated our life to the education and wellness of all young people. We often ask the question, how do we develop confident, global minded, spiritually conscious, and free children in today's America? We don't have the answer to that. But we do know that it starts with knowing yourself and knowing your history. We hope you enjoy our website. We made it for kids.

Keilani