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Remember that?

Posted by the prisoner's wife On 4:47 PM

Umoja: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race

remember when
your neighbor, auntie,
big mama down the block
could pull your coattail
making you stand so tall
your neck would pop?

(c). me.

today marks the start of Kwanzaa, the seven days we celebrate our families, traditions and culture. the first day, Umoja, highlights unity amongst the community. as a people, i've noticed that unity is sometimes difficult to attain. charge it to our history in this country & the fact that despite the our collective struggle, there have been forces that have attempted to strip us of all cultural ties & connections (read: slavery). i know some people don't like to make the connection between today and pre-1865, but to me, it's quite evident. but today is the day we begin to patch it up. remember all of the fathers, mothers, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, aunties, and play cousins that have kept us in line & loved us fiercely.

say a prayer. light a candle. bless.

1 Response to 'Remember that?'

  1. LaTonya Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2008/12/remember-that.html?showComment=1230406920000#c6664272814518241341'> Saturday, December 27, 2008 11:42:00 AM

    Umoja ...

    I remembered Mrs. Neal(R.I.P.) down the street would take off her house-shoe at the blink of an eye if she spotted one of the kids on the block getting out of line. We would straighten up-- quick, and then pray that she didn't report our misdeed to our mothers. But, she always did!

    Unity may be difficult to obtain, but it is necessary and we must commit ourselves to making it happen.

    Happy Kwanzaa, Sis.