My Granny had a saying, “You have got to reach up and git yo self, now.” She always said it with such a stern voice. I think because of that I missed the love that was within her message. She would say this to you if you were outwardly distressed, angry, anxious, or having some [...]
When elder black women like my Granny were commanding you to, “git yo self” they weren’t being dismissive of your pain.
Even the GPS navigator can’t help me if one of us doesn’t even know that yet.
I had to be ready to fight them.
Because whether I was ready or not they were already lined up.
Then they got radio play.
Didn’t her mama just leave here mad about that Christmas gingerbread house project?
I’m told that a lot of people felt so hopeless on that day that they were certain they would never experience hope again.
Won’t get me again.
Look what they did to him.
Look what good it got him.”
I know that Survivors are well acquainted with that sentiment.
That feeling of losing all hope and being convinced that you will never locate it again.
Oh but if you keep on placing one foot in front of the other. In other words if you stay in purposeful motion, you will locate it again.
I think some people think of NegroSpirituals as depressing or somber. Maybe.
Hear Tina Turner sing the Negro Spiritual, Motherless Child (45sec.)
Then, hear another one of my favorite renditions, from my favorite groups of all time, Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Ladies, please sang!
“Silence has created this crisis. Stories will have to save us now.”
With over 25 years of both professional & volunteer service, Tonya GJ Prince is a leading subject matter expert (SME) in domestic violence and sexual violence. She helps people heal, prevent, and overcome domestic and sexual violence.
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