AND NOW…A BENEDICTION
I LEAVE YOU LOVE. Love builds. It is positive and helpful. It is more beneficial than hate, Injuries quickly forgotten quickly pass away. Personally and racially, our enemies must be forgiven. Our aim must be to create a world of fellowship and justice where no man’s skin color or religion is held against him. “Love thy neighbor” is a precept which could transform the world if it were universally practiced.
Mary McLeod Bethune
2020 HAS ARRIVED BRINGING WITH IT ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. How the remaining 365 days turn out for each of us – ah yes, this is a Leap Year – will be determined by the decisions we make, or decline; by the opportunities we embrace, or ignore; by the people we meet, or bypass just because… What this year will be for each of us will be affected by how we manage the crises, challenges, and choices coming our way. And now… a benediction:
Lord, in memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. ¹
Joseph Echols Lowery
Benediction at the inauguration of President Barack Obama [January 20, 2009]
Big Bill Broonzy
They said if you was white, you’d be all right.
If was brown, stick around.
But as you’s black, oh brother, get back, get back, get back.
Anonymous American Saying
If you’re white, you’re all right.
If you’re yellow you’re mellow.
If you’re brown, stick around.
If you’re black, get back.
Powers, Retha, General Editor, Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations, ©2013, Little, Brown and co., Ny, NY.