Lately every time I pick up a pen, I find myself writing about the Black community. I’ve asked myself, am I overdoing it? Am I coming on too strong? Then I read disturbing headlines about what’s going on around me and I remember the words of Toni Morrison and other Black women writers that laid the foundation for me to have a voice.
Morrison said, “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”
So, here I am. Spreading the words of my fore-mothers. Remembering Alice Walker saying, “What did it mean for a black woman to be an artist in our grandmothers’ time? In our great-grandmothers’ day? It is an answer cruel enough to stop the blood.”
And I persist. Where their pens end, mine begins. May we continue to hold on to their wisdom as we pave the way for those who will come after us.
With the current state of society, it’s important that we find encouragement from those who lit the fire before us. The women with “razor blades between their teeth” who refused to take no for an answer. The women who used their passion to create hope for someone else. May we hold on to their words as we fight for the change we want to see.
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