|Hello Dear Ones-
Numerous people I’ve talked to recently share an unsettled-ness that I too am experiencing this 4th of July. The protests and civil unrest have brought to the fore the realities of what this holiday has long represented for people in our black communities. The words of scholar Peniel Joseph (see link below) underscore the vibe that many are feeling this weekend. Additionally, I’m looking forward to our Celebration of Life tomorrow morning, which will further explore these issues.
May we continue to engage in this fight so that in the years to come we, along with our children and their children, can truly celebrate what this holiday was meant to be. And in the meantime perhaps we can adjust our lens to see the stars as beacons of hope and truth that will light the way to justice, and the stripes as the avenues on which to march toward that justice.
Sending my love to each of you,