The month long event gives tribute to the accomplishments of the past by encouraging small compassionate actions each day. By month’s end, participants will have completed 30 acts of compassion and studied sixty-five African-Americans embodying the idea that we each have the power to change the world in big and small ways. When asked why she chose to marry a compassion game with Black History Month, she added, “This is a movement for the new century. Compassion counters violence, stands against poverty and allows communities to thrive.”
Each day’s action will post to the Celebrating a History of Compassion Facebook page at 7am Pacific time beginning February 1st. Quotes on compassion from history-making African-Americans will post each morning and evening, linked to biographic pages. Inspired by Seattle’s city-wide Compassion Games in September, “Celebrating a History of Compassion” references the rich heritage of compassion found in Black History. “This is an opportunity to do more than study the heroic African-Americans who’ve made history: It’s a chance to follow in their footsteps, one day, one small action at a time,” said Donna Carey, MD, pediatrician and First Lady of True Vine Ministries. “Compassionate action brings the spirit of Black History Month into our daily lives.” True Vine Ministries will host the kick-off event which will be attended by members of various Bay Area organizations.
“The abolition of slavery, integration, and The Civil Rights Movement are all movements rooted in compassion,”
Like Seattle’s annual Compassion Games, Shyne predicts this, too, will become an annual event which grows exponentially over time. Anyone interested in an advance copy of each day’s actions and the compilation of African-American history-makers can find them in the digital and print editions of her book, “Celebrating a History of Compassion.”
Rahbin Shyne is the author of several books on compassionate action and teaches civics, economics, law in Long Beach, CA.