Posted tagged ‘current events’

michael jackson dead at 50

June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson

Say a prayer for one of the most influential artists of our time.

What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?


news that doesn’t make the news

May 17, 2009

I always wonder why stories about Britney not wearing panties are on the evening news, but not stories like these:


January 20, 2009

Oh God! All day I’ve needed to let these tears of joy out, but couldn’t. It’s good to finally be home and let this day sit in my spirit and to have the tears of joy flow.

in the memory of all the saints…

January 20, 2009

God bless Rev. Lowery for bringing it full circle…

“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen”

President Barack Obama

January 20, 2009

Words cannot express how I feel today as Barack Obama is sworn in as our 44th President. When he was announced as the winner in November, I felt pride, a sense of visibility…joy. Today I feel a kinship across generations with my fellow African Americans…not just black people, but those who have the experience of slavery, cotton fields, crowded inner cities, crime, discrimination, marginalization, segregation, fear, sadness, powerlessness, and brokeness because of the color of their skin in this country, in America.

I watched President Obama’s inauguration with my friends C. and F. Together we sat silently as we watched President Obama ever so nervously take the oath of office. We willed him to shine on this day in a way that only those who know, you sometimes only get one chance, if you get one. We rejoiced in his words that not only touched on the spirit and history of our country, but also the spirit of the people he represents, if only ever so slightly, if only because his skin is brown. His brief acknowledgement of segregation and the recognition that only a generation ago, I could not have eaten at the same counters or taken a drink from the same fountain because I was seen as less than made my heart sing. Because while in this moment we celebrate, we can not forget the depth of his election to office. Only in the worst of times could the best attributes of my people be allowed to shine, as they always have. I can’t help but think that in a better situation, Barack Obama might not have been considered. Yes, I have faith in my fellow man, but I’m from Mississippi. I hold no idealistic beliefs regarding how some see me or my people. I see the destruction of the past in my people every day and I know how we are interpreted by some.

Today I feel joyful that some one like me, with a family like mine shows the best of who my people are. I rejoice in the spirit that has swept this country. I celebrate the resilient American spirit. And I pray that I never experience my parents’ and grandparents’ dispair at the loss of a man only seeking to make the world better.

A New Definition of Greatness

January 19, 2009

*My annual post. I have yet to find a way to say it better.*

Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968 )

If you want to be important, that is wonderful.
If you want to be recognized—wonderful.
If you want to be great—wonderful.

But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness . . . .it means that everybody can be great because everybody can serve.

You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.

(MLK, The Drum Major Instinct, 2/4/1968 )