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You Are Responsible

“We must never merely…provide people with  programs which have little or nothing to do with their own preoccupations, doubts, hopes, and fears….It is not our role to speak to people about our own view of the world, nor to attempt to impose that view on them, but rather to dialogue with the people about their view and ours.”

~Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

You are responsible! Regardless of how others may define “being responsible”, you hold the key to action and words which reflect a living response to situations or people which then canonize your values and ultimately declare who you are.

Paulo Freire is on point. Who has the right to determine, without broad input, what is good for others. Given the salient underpinning of each person’s environment from birth which shape one’s perspective and ego, everyone should consult and undergo a personal deepened examination of oneself before acting to salvage those who act, in their mind, less responsible.

Recent examples of environmental bias involve racism, homophobia, sexism, religious judgment, abuse in its may forms which result in actions that oppress and injure due out of external programs brokered by fear and undergirded bias.  How could one call the police on an 11 year old black boy who was innocently delivering papers unless the callers response was colored by racial bias? Or, how can a woman wearing a t-shirt stamped Puerto Rico be verbally abused unless there is a lack of honest responsibility and true caring for others.

Let’s probe further. Is it responsible to use religion and the bible to separate children from parents or deny legal rights only because they are of other nationalities than European?  Are you living responsible when you bombast same sex relationships by only imposing your view? Do women and men who are abused by someone in an authority role deserve justice?

What are responsible answers to these questions? What questions do you have that expand the dialogue so that accepted preoccupations, doubts, hopes or fears are challenged?

It is the responsibility of each one to care enough to question and gain knowledge. Once informed dialogue happens with a varied population of stakeholders a blended truth can emerge which heals rather than harm.

You are responsible, take it seriously. Own and accept your role in activating change.

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It’s Time to Sing A Song

Sing a song. Today everybody can sing out loud and in  your soul a song that signifies  the character and strength to effect change that is within you.

Together we can sing a song, a uni-verse (a one word verse) that shifts your consciousness and heals the world.  It is time to sing a uni-verse for the universe.

“Praise and bless everything in the world, and you will dissolve negativity and discord and align yourself with the highest frequency-love.”  ~The Secret

Your uni-verse (one word verse) may include:

  • Peace
  • Love
  • Happiness
  • Gratitude
  • Unity
  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Encouragement
  • Sensitivity
  • Change
  • Harmony

Sing any word (a uni-verse) that dispels hurt, pain, war, discord. Let that word change you and the world today. It is time to sing!

Sing.

 

Be A Social Midwife

Today I am reminiscing about a dear friend who lived justice.  A  few years ago I attended a collective worship and memorial for my dear friend, the late Marion King Jackson, at the Sisters Chapel on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta. The speaker was Dr. Vincent Harding.

My eyes teared up upon entering as I again saw photos of Marion as a teenager, Spelman graduate, and as a nurturing mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. My heart pounded with tempered sorrow as I embraced her children, sister, and other family members or friends. We were so close that it felt that I knew most of the attendees in the Chapel.

Let me tell you about her legacy. Marion King Jackson grew up in Valdosta, Georgia in the early thirties of a segregated south. After graduating Spelman, she married Slater King and moved with her husband to Albany, Georgia. The Civil Rights Movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, spread to Dougherty county (Albany) and Marion and Slater stood front and center. They opened their home to the Freedom Fighters and marched with their firstborn child in the streets of the city. During one of those marches, a racist Sheriff in Camilla, Georgia kicked a pregnant Marion King in the stomach, and she later miscarried (Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch).

There is so much more I can share about this intelligent, non-violent woman that this posting could expand to at least five pages or more. I will add these tidbits though: She studied physical therapy and became one of the first black female certified physical therapist in Georgia, she later studied law and passed the Georgia bar, this icon became a Baha’i and tirelessly fought for unity in spite of her tragedy. After her husband Slater died, Marion still stood eloquently for justice and later married the late Emmanuel “Bo” Jackson, also prominent in the Albany Movement. I urge you to read the story in Parting the Waters and to read Hope and History (Vincent Harding) to remind yourself about the sacrifices made for freedom.

According to Dr. Harding, sacrifices are called for today. Healing is called for in the land right now.

He is issuing the call for social midwifes. He said, men and women “be a midwife” to birth new change in America. In his descriptive charge Sunday past, he vividly told us about the social ills which still exist and are present right around us. He spoke about the loving care given by a midwife and he closed with a plea to be like Marion King Jackson, Fannie Lou Hammer, Rosa Parks, Marion Wright Edleman, or Shirley Franklin.

Change the soiled diapers of despair, hold to your breast a grieving mother, nurse the struggling homeless man, woman, or child with compassion…be a social midwife, man or woman, who cares enough to change this world so that we all can “sit at the same table in loving brotherhood.”

Be a social midwife-let your legacy imprint the action of change.