December 2014

KWANZAA 2014 ~ Principle 2: KUJICHAGULIA = Self-Determination

By |December 27th, 2014

KujichaguliaKUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

In 2014 I renewed my commitment to living a life defined on my own terms.

I sat aside the expectations of others to decide how I should work and/or where I should live.

I discarded the opinions of anyone who questioned my ability to “call the shots” for my life and shut down anyone who dared to define “my normal”.

I’m blessed to know who I am at my spirit’s core and to be totally at peace with who she is.

Thankful to pass on the charge to my children to be as different, unique and diverse as they need to be, so long as it leads to true happiness and enlightenment.

Don’t live outside the box — reject the notion of a box completely.

Just live. Be. Thrive.

As long as I have breath and presence of mind, may I continue defining who I am and who I need to be according to the Law of Luckie.

With God’s grace, I have that right and you do too. EMBRACE IT today for tomorrow is not promised.

Habari gani? KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination)

Luckie

And thank you Audre Lorde for showing me the path. Walk in light Gamba Adisa. ASHE!

 

KWANZAA 2014 ~ Principle 1: UMOJA = Unity

By |December 26th, 2014

UMOJA (Unity) Kwanzaa - Principle 1UMOJA (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

It’s the relationships, the bonds, the fusion of like-minds with common purpose that carry us up and over life’s hills.

The beauty of aging with your spirit intact is the benefit of learning the truth about life and what sustains us.

Now we understand why preservation of family and community meant so much to the Elders who came before us.

Now we know. When we get down to it and evaluate what REALLY matters about this life journey, it always has and will rest with the circle of people we’ve had in it.

Be they living or walking among the Ancestors, it’s the bond that sustains us.

UMOJA = unity. Find it. Create it. Protect it.

Happy Kwanzaa Family!

Luckie

 

High Priest in Tall Cotton: Cohentown, Wilkes County History

By |December 23rd, 2014

Sallie Cohen - High PriestThrilled to learn cousin Barrett HANSON’s Wilkes County historical on the Cohentown community is in print and ready for shipping!

My copy of High Priest in Tall Cotton: A Historical Narrative of Cohentown Wilkes County Georgia is on the way, and I’m looking forward to learning all about my Cohentown Ancestors! As Barrett tells us…

Cohentown was an all-Black rural farming and residential community in Wilkes County, Georgia. It was located off highway 44 Danburg Road, in the old Anderson or 179th General Military District. It was nestled south of Hog Folk Creek and northwest of Fishing Creek. Cohentown sat approximately 5 miles north of the county seat of Washington. It was here where family branches of the Cohen, Hanson, Wingfield, Lockhart, Gladman, Anderson, Charlton, Curry and others, would plant root, and call home. In this tight-knit community, everyone was an aunt or uncle, either by blood or community bond. From the early 1880s to about 1950, these families of farmers would become acquainted with both the bride of prosperity and the groom of depression.”

I’m a true believer in the power of Ancestors who want their stories told, and can feel new DNA dots being connected!

Barrett’s documentation of Cohentown ensures the preservation of a rich history that is all but vanished from Wilkes County memory. I know the signs. Stay tuned, the Ancestors have MUCH to say!

Book order information can be found here and Barrett can be contacted directly – highpriest.tallcotton@gmail.com or […]

12.13.14: Justice For All NYC & Washington

By |December 14th, 2014

Justice For All 12.13.14

March In Washington Draws Thousands Of Protesters Demanding Justice For All – DC

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Tens Of Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings – NYC

Open Letter to The Blatantly Racist & Passively Biased: I Am Out of Patience

By |December 13th, 2014

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I have no desire to see you enlightened or converted. I am not your voice of reason or by cultural default, source of untapped tolerance. There’s nothing in me willing to offer any measure of diplomacy to the sickness you openly and passionately spread. All the graciousness I’ve wielded for close to 30 years, in a desire to work and live among you peacefully, is depleted.

Make no mistake, though you observe me mothering with love, laughing with authentic joy and seeking refuge in the Divine, I’m brimming with anger I work hard to contain, daily.

To the BLATANTLY RACIST, I’m sickened by your transparent race hate, cruelty and cowardly attempts to veil your poison behind political rhetoric and desire for “American values”. Appalled by your ability to excuse, ignore and/or deny away your barbaric crimes against humanity — past and present. Disgusted by your boldness to reinvent a 21st Century incarnation of the Jim Crow South; once again hiding behind a deliberately broken justice system, jaded laws and morally corrupt champions who represent anything but peace.

You’ve created a psychotic American culture thriving on hate, ignorance and fear; rising by oppressing others. You are history on rewind, and of that you should not be proud.

To the PASSIVELY BIASED, your permissiveness is alarming. For you, racism is non-existent because after all, we elected a “brown President”. Dismiss all claims of bias and injustice as “playing the race card”. Complain frequently about how black people should “just get over it”. You boast of being “colorblind”, as if to be accepted my beautiful brown hue is better […]

CAPITOL HILL: Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!

By |December 11th, 2014

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Capitol Hill’s Black Staffers Walk Out to Say ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’

#WeHearYou

Happy Birthday Anbownes!

By |December 7th, 2014

If you missed knowing this REMARKABLE woman, you missed somebody mighty special! God broke the mold with this one! Happy Birthday Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK, our Anbownes!:)

Fannie Louella Jackson Barwick

December 7, 1920 – March 5, 1992

James Baldwin… HOPE

By |December 6th, 2014

“I can’t afford despair. You can’t tell the children there is no HOPE.” ~ James Baldwin

James Baldwin, Distinguished Visiting Professor

TIMESTAMP: Law Enforcement & Accountability

By |December 4th, 2014

Nothing to add here. COLORLINES has summed up the tragic state of affairs just fine. No America #WeHearYou!

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November 2014

A Worthy Timestamp: Discussing & Understanding White Privilege

By |November 29th, 2014

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Discussing and finding common ground on the subject of ‘White Privilege‘ is always “eventful”. Checkout this recent exchange between myself and other commenters on the subject matter. Then please, PLEASE read (and absorb) the 11/27 CNN article “The New Threat: Racism without Racism”, which completely conveys all the points attempting to be made in the exchange and shines light on why denial of our cultural and societal realities is so damn scary!

* ALL names of commenters have been removed *

COMMENTER #1: I like it except for #4. I am as white as they come and I have never considered myself more privileged then anyone else. My parents taught their kids to be color blind in this regard. WE are human beings.

COMMENTER #2: Nice.

COMMENTER #3: C1, with all due respect, white privilege is what you automatically have as a member of our society. You have even more as a white male. It isn’t about what you were taught (though that sounds commendable and spot on)–it is about a certain level of advantage that you carry because of the color of your skin in this particular system we live in. Most whites don’t even realize they have privilege because it is so invisibly a part of the structure of our society.

COMMENTER #3: Here’s a pretty good, brief discussion of white privilege (from a white woman): http://www.tolerance.org/article/racism-and-white-privilege
On Racism and White Privilege | Teaching Tolerance
Excerpted from White Anti-Racist […]