These pictures highlight some of the wonderful human beings with whom I spent time at the WorldWide Marriage Convention and other human beings who have touched my life deeply
Abraham Lincoln, whose Gettysburg Address I memorized when I was in grade school and whose writing style I imitated for years; and Sojourner Truth, whose commitment to family, country, and God move me to get up and try again to be a real human being every day
My friends in Taooma who have chosen to be close to me for years and have seen me through the ups and downs of my life in Grit City
New friends in California with whom I hope to share many, many hours learning together, crying together, helping each other, reaching out to others with compassion and joy.
New friends in Kenya, who shared a lot of laughter and wisdom with me at the Convention and with whom I hope to spend some time in the next two years in Kenya...
as I said to them, "I am the child of one of the LOST ONES who was stolen from our mother country many, many years ago."
And the wonderful artist, Paul Robeson, who in 1969, in Berkeley, California, first led me, as I listened to a Berkeley Public Library copy of him singing, "All Through The Night," moved me to tears and my long, hard journey along the road to self-knowledge and self-love took a most important step in the right direction.
Thank God for all artists and I humbly bow my head to the novelists and poets and actors and dancers and painters who have courageously revealed their African American souls to all who choose to let their eyes and ears and hearts be opened.
Enjoy Paul Robeson's wonderful rendition of "What is America To Me?"
If my mother were alive today, we would, once again, be shaking our heads as, looking back over the years of segregation in Texas, misunderstandings and tensions in the Northwest, heartbreak and surprise in this country, and saying, "No, no, we never thought we would see this day... only in America could this have happened."
Dear sisters and brothers, WHAT IS AMERICA TO YOU