I am a living legacy To my ancestors and family To the loss and recovery Of my own spirit To endless hope In a world of unfilled expectations I am a living legacy To my people and my god To my own integrity That sometimes waffles Inside my own humanity Never perfect I am a living legacy To all my mistakes And my parents’ parents’ parents’ And all their mistakes Translated into lessons learned And I am a living legacy To all their triumphs too To all the traumas overcome The breakdown of ceilings And the building of bridges too Yes I am a living legacy Of what all my parts and paths and pasts Compel me to do Constantly held accountable to my ancestors And what I know to be true I am also a living legacy To poetic lines scribbled on napkins saved into published works That I stumbled on in pre-teen years and began to feel less alone Lines like “still I rise” I am also a living legacy To harder lines …
Brilliant Pens Up Books author Janet Williams at the Black Book Expo last week signing books and sharing her work with the world #Pensupbooks more info: http://www.pensup.com/signup
had to share this article… “I’m proud of my body that is subject to ridicule. I am proud of who I am, what I have been through. I am proud of my ancestors who were slaves and now I am their wildest dream….I love my black body. I’m tired of having to explain that pride in my black body is not hatred for any other race. I’m tired of worrying that I may be shot driving to work. I don’t hate police. I don’t hate White people. I don’t hate anyone. But, God, I love me. And I want that to be enough.” http://www.storiesofthemoment.com/black-physician-pulled-26-hour-shift-helping-people-saving-lives-way-car-happened
Pens up books author Janet Williams compares the death of mentally ill Dwayne Jeune to the arrest of mentally ill Dylann Roof. Janet is the author of the book A Lighter Shade of Black.
“If this country were a hive and we were bees then back and forths between our two political parties would be like arguing over who gets to be queen. A great distraction for every bee’s eye as we focus on that and not the slavery of the hive” – Kristin Richardson Jordan author of mules fight back https://www.amazon.com/dp/0991404823/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_xK8FzbFE9M99K
1) it’s universal 2) there’s no place on earth we haven’t been 3) we know faith 4) we keep resisting always 5) we are strong 6) we are here
Originally posted on Howard Myrick Media:
“This day shall live in infamy” were the words spoken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese, signaling the start of World War II. On January 20, 2017, Presidential Inauguration Day, America will face a new crisis: Donald J. Trump becoming President of the United States and the “leader of the free world”, arguably the most controversial, contested and unlikely person to take the position. One of the major ironies is Trump’s residency in the White House is the evidence that it is over the objection of 2.5 million citizens more than the ones who voted for him — as a result, in part, of the an obsolete Electoral College process. The above-referenced “in part” rationale for his election is cited because there are several other aberrations associated with (maybe, even accounting for) his election. The following is a list of just a few of the aberrations: (1) interference by Russia in the electoral process … favoring Trump…