Whenever I feel the heavy burdens of life I reach out to a hip-hop verse that I know pretty well. It gives me a familiar feeling and I feel powerful because I know the verse so well. Quick tip: As I sat in the car waiting to interview for my current librarian position, I listened
Defend Lord, these Thy children in all their work and all their prayer. Spread among them the desire to know and learn and do. Let them grow in the capacity for worthy work and in all their working and thinking let them not forget the host of witnesses about them – those that love and those
42 Years and I am honored to be alive, in this present state. I receive blessings daily and offer thanks to the ancestors. From Emma to Otis, John Charles, Penford, Lizzie, James, Little, Johnny, Lucinda, and countless others – amazing people – Pam, Ray, Will, Ryan, Thaddeus, Justin, Jonathan, Kai, Dr. Williams. Ashe’ Asante sana.
By far, one of my favorite poets and poems of all time. I had the honor of walking the campus of Jackson State University when she was there, marching in the Sonic Boom of the South with her grandson, and serving her dinner as a waiter at Red Lobster! Hope this touches you as well…