“What is beauty?”
I asked Angela Davis
this question because I was struggling to see the light in my own face. Because the world keeps trying to bury us.
...but they don’t know we are seeds.
They don’t know that Sojourner Truth’s
children were stolen from her and sold downriver. And that, in her fury, she crashed a convention and asked, “Ain’t I a Woman?”
They don’t know that Fannie Lou Hamer
was given a forced hysterectomy by white doctors without her consent. But she didn’t let them win. She told her story, adopted two girls, and went on to organize 60,000 people in Mississippi to vote. Ashé.
They don’t know...
husband was free. And that after she risked everything to free herself and walked back to him – he was with another woman. They don’t know what that feels like. But we do. Harriet taught us how to press on, how to make a way out of no way. She taught us all about that “clack, clack.”
And the world is just now celebrating Ida B. Wells
. …but they don't understand that it was her actual friends, 3 successful Black store owners, who were lynched by their white competitors. At that moment, she could not look away - so she wrote THE blueprint for dismantling the system of hatred we face today.
In this moment, as we fight for our very sanity, our communities, our babies, ourselves, our men - we turn to the most beautiful source, the Black women who walked before us. We are not invisible. You will not break us, steal from, reject us, murder us – then demand that we do the labor of turning the world right-side up. We are the #daughtersof freedom fighters, of waymakers, strategists, and builders of nations …authors, artists, soldiers, and spies. And in order to know where we are going in this moment, we need to know where we have been. This is a call to action for special times.
Introducing... Black History Bootcamp:
An epic, 21-day walking meditation to remember where we came from and to gather strength for the road ahead. Let’s take #daughtersof to the streets! Sign up here
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