Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Quotable

Photo taken in NJ because I love a bright red tree. It glows with all the possibility in the world -like a girl on fire.   

This weekend, I was watching the annual Black Girls Rock awards show/celebration on BET. The organization itself is geared towards uplifting young girls of color through mentorship, scholarships and workshops. The awards show honors positive role models doing the work, whether through community work or use of celebrity status. In any event, the work the organization does is close to my heart because of my own work with girls in disadvantaged communities. Today's quotable came from the organization's founder (Beverly Bond)'s speech at the close of the show.

The quote reflects the sentiment (or is a short paraphrase of) a longer Mary Church Terrell quote:

"And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long. With courage, born of success achieved in the past, with a keen sense of the responsibility which we shall continue to assume, we look forward to a future large with promise and hope. Seeking no favors because of our color, nor patronage because of our needs, we knock at the bar of justice, asking an equal chance."

This idea of lifting others up as we climb the ladder to success rather than leaving them burned in the wake of our blaze of glory has always been dear to me. It is why I volunteer and more importantly why I started my teen group. That said, lately, I've been debating whether to continue the work because of the time it takes and honestly, I sometimes wonder if my work with them makes a difference. But as I watched Black Girls Rock last night and saw all the little girls in the audience soaking up inspiration and positive reinforcement like hundreds of little sponges, I made up my mind to stick it out. After all, what is the purpose of getting to a good place in your life where you're happy and whole if you're not going to share it?

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