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!
“We’ve been there, done that. Trauma, Pain, Abuse & Rape. These are the lessons that we brought back.”
–Tonya GJ Prince has been a leading subject matter expert (SME) in domestic violence and sexual violence.
For over 25 years she has helped people heal, prevent, and overcome domestic and sexual violence.
In order to accomplish this mission, she founded several diverse & inclusive platforms designed to allow Survivors to use their own voices including;
WESurviveAbuse.com, SurvivorAffirmations.com, & BraidtheLadder.org.
Tonya is an author, activist, advocate, Survivor, speaker, counselor, & mentor.
B.S. Organizational Management & Development/Bluefield College
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