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  1. oldsoul

    oldsoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?

    What shall I tell my children who are black
    Of what it means to be a captive in this dark skin?
    What shall I tell my dear one, fruit of my womb,
    of how beautiful they are when everywhere they turn
    they are faced with abhorrence of everything that is black.
    The night is black and so is the boogyman.
    Villains are black with black hearts.
    A black cow gives no milk. A black hen lays no eggs.
    Storm clouds, black, black is evil
    and evil is black and devil's food is black...

    What shall I tell my dear ones raised in a white world
    A place where white has been made to represent
    all that is good and pure and fine and decent,
    where clouds are white and dolls, and heaven
    surely is a white, white place with angels
    robed in white, and cotton candy and ice cream
    and milk and ruffled Sunday dresses
    and dream houses and long sleek cadilacs
    and Angel's food is white... all, all... white.

    What can I say therefore, when my child
    Comes home in tears because a playmate
    Has called him black, big lipped, flatnosed and nappy headed?
    What will he think when I dry his tears and whisper,
    "Yes, that's true. But no less beautiful and dear."
    How shall I lift up his head, get him to square
    his shoulders, look his adversaries in the eye,
    confident in the knowledge of his worth.
    Serene under his sable skin and proud of his own beauty?
    What can I do to give him strength
    That he may come through life's adversities
    As a whole human being unwarped and human in a world
    Of biased laws and inhuman practices, that he might
    Survive. And survive he must! For who knows?
    Perhaps this black child here bears the genius
    To discover the cure for... cancer
    Or to chart the course for exploration of the universe.
    So, he must survive for the the good of all humanity.

    He must and will survive.
    I have drunk deeply of late from the fountain
    of my black culture, sat at the knee of and learned
    from mother Africa, discovered the truth of my heritage.
    The truth, so often obscured and omitted.
    And I find I have much to say to my black children.
    I will lift up their heads in proud blackness
    with the story of their fathers and their father's fathers.
    And I shall take them into a way back time
    of kings and queens who ruled the Nile,
    and measured the stars and discovered the laws of mathematics.
    I will tell them of a black people upon whose backs have been built
    the wealth of three continents.
    I will tell him this and more.
    And knowledge of his heritage shall be his weapon and his armor;
    It will make him strong enough to win any battle he may face.
    And since this story is so often obscured,
    I must sacrifice to find it for my children,
    even as I sacrifice to feed, clothe and shelter them.
    So this I will do for them if I love them.
    None will do it for me.

    I must find the truth of heritage for myself and pass it on to them.
    In years to come, I believe because I have armed them with the truth,
    my children and their children's children will venerate me.
    For it is the truth that will make us free!


    By Dr Margaret Burroughs, the founder of
    the DuSable Museum of African American History and Art in Chicago, IL,
    the first Black museum in the united states
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    That is very Beautiful Brother Oldsoul!
    It has given me some answers to share
    with my children and has sweetly kissed
    my heart!!!!!

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful words of wisdom!!!!
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    very enlighting post here something for the mental
    thankz for sharing this
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    Yes, this has given me answers, too. It won't be long before my son can talk, and I know he'll ask me why he looks different from little Billy Bob down the street. Beautiful.
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    Very good and interesting question that you asked and answered at the same time, And an excellent answer at that...which I totally agree with. In order to truely free our children of what's "not" due them, is...from the womb we must take them back, ...way, way back. And needless to say, it takes a lot of time and patience, and great knowledge of our history. We cannot just raise our kids in "todays" world...and say: I raised that child...Oh no :nono: that no longer exist in this heaped up world, we must now "teach", (and I don't say that lightly) our children what they will never get in "these killing fields" (schools) ...and that's "the real HISTORY, as it really is" oh they have much too hold their heads up for...but we must be their ...Props.
    Wonderful write up Oldsoul and thanks for sharing some much needed information and much to think about.
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    MzBlkAngel Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Beautiful Brother Oldsoul!!
    thank you for sharing
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    This was a good read....thanks for posting it!!
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    Dr Burroughs Transitions

    Dr. Margaret Burroughs, the principal founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History on Chicago's South Side, died today. She was 95.
    Known by many as a prominent artist and writer, Burroughs was born Nov. 1, 1915 in Saint Rose, La. and moved to Chicago with her family by the time she was a teenager.
    She attended Englewood High School. where her community activism began when she and classmate Gwendolyn Brooks, later a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, joined the NAACP Youth Council.
    She taught art at DuSable High School in the Bronzeville neighborhood for more than 20 years. She taught for 10 years at Kennedy-King College. She also earned a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago.
    In 1986, she was appointed a commissioner for the Chicago Park District under Mayor Harold Washington. Her current term would have expired in 2013.
    In 1989, she won the Paul Robeson Award-named after the African American singer and actor known for his political activism in the 1950s-which was also given to other well-known figures involved in the arts including writers Studs Terkel and Maya Angelou, and actors Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier.
    President Barack Obama issued a statement in which he praised Burroughs' "contributions to American culture as an esteemed artist, historian, educator, and mentor."
    "Her legacy will live on in Chicago and around the world."

    Read more: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=39&category=artMakers
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    Thank you, brotha oldsoul!

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