Trust Black Women

Trust Black Women. Builders of cities and nations. Women from ancient of days. Queens — Nzinga, Nefertiti, Sheba, and Cleopatra.

Trust Black Women.

Builders of cities and nations.

Women from ancient of days.

Queens — Nzinga, Nefertiti, Sheba, and Cleopatra.

Scientist and physicians — Hypatia, Peseshet and Merit Ptah.

Shaping.

Nurturing.

Cultivating
The culture and
Communities of the beloved.

Trust Black Women.

Blessing us with

The beauty of her being.

The brilliance of her beneficence.

Honor her experience.

Acknowledge her contributions.

Trust Black Women.

And Hear her cries.

Hear her hallelujahs and heartaches,

Hear her joys and sorrows,

from then until now,

Black Women witness the unthinkable.

The Maafa.

African people

Forced to sail cross the Atlantic Ocean,
Packed as human cargo in the hull of ships.

Many died.

Others held onto life,
Resisting the war waged

for the submission of our humanity.

Trust Black Women.

Through domestic terror —

The Ku Klux Klan.

Cross Burnings.

And Dogs unleashed.

Through Jim Crow.

Past and present
voter suppression.

Mass incarceration,
“no knock warrants”

And the slaughter of innocence —
Breonna Taylor and Amir Locke.

Sandra Bland and George Floyd.

Black women grieve the horrible.

Trust Black Women.

Here for such a time as this.

Since Black Lives Matter,

We follow the footsteps of Harriet Tubman.

Organizing.

Energizing.

Mobilizing.

Supervising
Pathways to freedom.

Praying.

Planning.

Loving.

Living.

Seeing.

You and me afar off —

Caring for us before she knew us.

Black Women keep loving.

Trust Black Women.

Hoping in a future brighter.

Putting her hand to the plow,

Believing God when she cannot see God.

Trusting God when she cannot trace God.

Following God when she is not feelin’ God.

Black women keep believing …

Trust Black Women.

Peacefully protesting injustice,
Advocating for civil rights.

Holding hope,

In her tears and trauma:
beaten, but not bowed.

Perplexed, but not forsaken,

Rising in God’s resurrection power.

Black women keep hoping …

Trust Black Women.

Out of the fire of tribulation, we glow.

Speaking “Sojourner Truth style”

— “Ain’t I a woman?”

Learning from Rosa Parks —

When she sat down,
the world woke up.

Learning from Stacey Abrams —
when Black women organize, others come to realize

the value of our voice and
The Holy in our Humanity.

Trust Black Women.

Hoping.

Believing.

Loving.

Trust yourself,
Black Woman.

For God in Christ is in you.

Trust the Spirit using you.

Trust Black Women.

When the human and the holy

Act together,

An earth-shaking thing happens.

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