Sunday, September 24, 2006

Reinventing Themselves

". . .she had nothing to fall back on; not maleness; not whiteness, not ladyhood, not anything. And out of the profound desolation of her reality she may well have invented herself.

Toni Morrison




Black women in America are among its most unique citizens. They have survived the horrors and degradations of slavery, the failure of Reconstruction and the dehumanization of Jim Crow/segregation. But through all that they have survived, black women are still waging their war to live in this world and as the only group of women who have had a tremendous impact upon race, and sex, in America, they all have voices that should , and must be heard.

So beautiful to the eyes of W.E.B. Dubois was black women's survival of the ravages of slavery, and of the white society all around them that sought to tear black women apart, that he said in his marvel of the black women of his time:

"I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire."

Yes, black women are the phoenixs who time and time again, rise and triumph over the most greatest of odds. Reinventing themselves. Creating so much out of so many travails.

Black women have made tremendous impacts on America, both in the past, and in the present.
And black women are still making their voices be heard. They have shown America that what does not destroy us, most certainly will make us stronger. Therefore, I sing in praise of black women:

I sing the body electric of black women;
I celebrate the women here now, and yet to come;
I toast to their own reunion;
When they become one with the Sun.

And as they look back on their Mothers;
And as they look back on the Grandmothers,
And they burn with the fire, of ten million stars;
And in time, and in time, they will all be stars.

I sing the body electric of black women;
I glory in the glow of their rebirth;
Creating their own tomorrow,
When they shall embody the Earth.

And I will serenade their Mothers;
And serenade their Grandmothers,
And I will burn with the fire of ten million stars,
And in time, and in time, we will ALL be stars!

Yes. Black women. Beautiful. Resilient. Indominatable.

And as a last note, I will return to the words of W.E.B. Dubois. No more beautiful words have ever been spoken of black women then...and now:

"I have always felt like bowing myself in all abasement, searching to bring some tribute to these long-suffering. . ., these burdened sisters of mine. . .I have known the women of many lands and nations,---I have known and seen and lived beside them, but none have I known more sweetly feminine, more unswervingly loyal, more desparately earnest, and more instinctively pure in body and in soul than the daughters of my black mothers.

"This, then,--a little thing---to their memory and inspiration."

7 Comments:

Blogger Evia said...

Fabulous, Ann. See, there's nothing we black women can't do if we just give each other a hand when we can. You go Girl!!

24 September, 2006 19:20  
Blogger Ruminations of a Racial Realist said...

This is great Ann. I will link to you.

Clare

24 September, 2006 20:06  
Blogger Heavenly Zeta said...

Awesome...and such eloquence!

24 September, 2006 20:59  
Blogger tickledpinkies said...

Hi I just wanted to tell you that you can get pics on by clicking the picture sign above you "create a new post" section if you get me. The upload if from your computer, congrats on new Blog:)
Luv Sam xx

25 September, 2006 05:29  
Blogger Stephanie B. said...

This is very moving, Ann. As Black women, we have absolutely nothing to fall back on. So we have to invent ourselves because no one is going to do this for us.

Your blog is the start of something great. Something we Black women in America need.

Keep up the good work, Ann!

Stephanie

25 September, 2006 08:45  
Blogger Ann said...

Stephanie. Evia. Heavenly Zeta. Clare. TickeledPinkies.

Thanks so much to all of you. I am glad to finally get my blog up and going. I look forward to giving much uplift to all the black women out there who have been written off by society.

I have great faith in all of them.

They just need a helping hand. "Lifting as we climb", we black women together will accomplish so much.

25 September, 2006 13:25  
Blogger Spiderwoman said...

Great blog Ann and looking forward to reading and contributing more. It is all abut self-definition.

26 September, 2006 10:14  

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