Reflections: Dr. Maya Angelou and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Today we celebrate what would have been the 90th birthday of Dr. Maya Angelou and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I had mixed emotions all day. I found myself grieving their loss, especially in the climate we live in. I wondered what they would do or say in this era.

As I held my newborn grandson today, I stole glances of his precious 12-day-old face and wondered what the world will be like when he reaches his teenage years. I am filled with hope and the belief that God will be with him everyday of his life. I refuse to think other wise because of the God I serve.

I thought being a mother was the greatest gift I could have ever received, yet I am finding, being a 40-something grandmother has been an even greater gift.

So, I have a dream too. One in which:

  • This country will acknowledge that Black Lives REALLY Do Matter
  • My teenage son and his friends can "hang out" in our neighborhood without being harrassed
  • Black boys and men have people who love and support them
  • We raise our sons and grandsons to love and respect themselves, women and the community
  • Black girls and women are cherished rather than hyper-sexualized
  • We come together as a community to bring about positive change for ALL of us
  • We buy Black and support Black businesses, to include our banks
  • Black students can attend college without amassing huge debt
  • Black children can own profitable businesses
  • People can worship freely
  • We can love unconditionally

That is leadership to me. Not -  the fear of the unknown or being caught up with the egregious antics of our current administration.

No, we must persevere!!! We must fight back. We must run for office! We must hold those in office accountable. This is what Dr. Maya taught us. This is what Dr. King laid down his life for. This is what, we as leaders in 2018, have the responsibility to ensure ALL of our children have the same rights to a quality education, adequate health care and even livable wages - this year, today, NOW!

Weylan Malcolm Walker joined our family on 3/23/18

At the end of the day, I don't want anything from anybody but peace, love and joy for all mankind, but especially for our Black families in THESE United States.

May Dr. Maya Angelou and Dr. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's labor not be in vain.

~Keep Shining! Keep Loving! Keep Believing!
Tanya

We’ve got to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point ... We’ve got to see it through.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”

- Dr. Maya Angelou
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