As the years keep rolling by, we as a people still find ourselves in
We can pretend as if the actions, or lack thereof, of persons in positions of authority have no direct impact on our lives or the lives of those to whom we aspire to take up the mantle of our rich heritage.
The lyrics " we shall overcome" continue to drip eloquently from the mouths of those who have seen the arc continue to bend. Thus, shattering the past practices of our oppressors and those who benefit from their practices due to the tacit approval conveyed through uninvolvement-inaction.
There are those of us who feel change is not occurring rapidly enough.
And, unfortunately, there are also those among us who actually thought we had arrived. To their chagrin, they are now experiencing some of the not- so- subtle machinations of a system that aspires to return us to times of torment and injustice.
"Sam, Didn't Say When "
is my way of recognizing those who have been and remain in the struggle- waiting on the corner-for that transport promised by the soulful lyricist, and many before him, YEARS AGO.
Despite being perpetually stuck in a holding pattern, the will and determination of my people has not waned. Instead, we continue to gather- my people-representing all walks of life-intent on boarding that bus that will deliver us to that place where those things hoped for can become fully manifest.
Let us remain vigilant and prayerful that Sam's words were a prophecy soon to come to fruition.
OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!