Prayer Edition | Day 19 | The Mandela Family
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… A tree was chopped down
and the fruit was scattered

I cried
because I had lost a family
the trunk, my father
the branches, his support
so much

the fruit, the wife and children
who meant so much to him
loving as they should be
all on the ground
some out of his reach

in the ground
the roots, happiness
cut off from him.
        - Zindzi Mandela

This is an ode to Black love. The love that survived and the love that didn’t.

This is an honoring of the sacrifice of Black men who could have loved more tenderly and Black women who could have received more softly if only the world wasn’t content on destroying them.

This is an honoring of the lovers who sought refuge in each other and found it, if only for a moment. 

This is a space where we honor the gray area of relationships. A space that knows no blame. A space that honors that there is no manual for how to love during wartime. 

This is a conversation and an exploration of the life and love of Winnie and Nelson Mandela.

Our heroes were humans and they gave at great sacrifice. Today we honor that sacrifice and look for the lessons by diving deep into the Mandelas' powerful legacy.

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