We’ve Been Here Before…

Today, I am thinking about my great great great Grandfather, Syrus Williams, a man who was born into slavery. I am thinking about Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Fred Hampton.

Last night, Donald Trump won the election to become the next President of the United States of America. Many of us “others,” African Americans, Latino Americans, Muslim Americans, Americans with Disabilities and women feel fear, disappointment and hurt. How do we get through it? Like we always have.

Using our gifts – our ability to speak, our ability to write, and our ability to organize.

Using our ingenuity, conserving and being intentional with our dollars.

It is easy to fall into the pattern of shifting blame and pointing fingers, but the truth is, that does nothing for today, tomorrow, a year from now, etc.

Voting has always been the first part of our democracy. We now have to pay attention, call and write our elected officials (from the President on down), and ensure that we think about how decisions that are made will impact not only our families, but our neighbors and the next generation.

Feel all of the feels… you are entitled to that. But be prepared tomorrow, for the next four years of political engagement!

I love you guys! May our ancestors be our guides!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Donnie Smith

The Great, Great, Great Granddaughter of Syrus Williams, The great granddaughter of Rena & Ed Williams  (who survived The Great Depression with 11 children), The granddaughter of Mary Williams (who survived the Civil Rights Movement), The daughter of Wanda Williams (who survived the rhetorical and actual War on Drugs).

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