THIS IS MY PURPOSE.
Who awakens from slumber and faces a deeper truth that their life is to become a catalyst in the greatest deliverance of a people–MY PEOPLE.
There are images that began to come to me from the age of 5. I remember. I was a quiet little girl. My silence was my closest friends. It covered me from everything that I didn’t know. No one could get me to talk but I was always a thinker…even at this tender age. I watched and listened to everything. I was interpreting my environment. In this silence, my intellect was beginning to expand. As the years passed, I was challenged even further by my mother, first, then friends, neighbors, teachers, and even strangers, to talk. My Sunday School teacher, the late Mother Lettie Jones, took it upon herself to inspire me to do the Easter speech every single year. Yeah. I was that kid. Mother Lettie really believed in me and I would often go to her home. My mother trusted her and therefore, she was Ok. Truly, she was more like a grandmother to me. That’s just how neighbors were when I was growing up. She always was trying to make me talk more. I still wouldn’t, but as I began to learn more about myself; a 5th grade teacher opened up my soul when she commented on a book report that “I had a flair for writing.” Every book report, research paper and oral discussion about the books we read; this was the set up for what I’ve become: a writer and blogger. These were the seeds planted. So what does this have to do with the title?
Well, my mother’s insistence for me to watch PBS opened up a window of knowledge that shaped my mind. Every single year, there were programs dedicated to education, particularly the Civil Rights movement. The images that played out in front of me whenever I watched about the era of the 1960’s; was creating a desire in me, an anger, resistance, pride, and a mind that questioned everything, Oh, I was learning so much about America and white folks from not only those images, I knew instinctively to compare them to what I saw every day.
In my community, the racism was very benign; however, most of the Black people had come from the Delta regions of the south. I overheard the talk of how bad white folks were and the hardships that many had to face. It would upset me sometimes, but I kept my silence, and just listened.
When the television series Roots came on in the mid seventies; everyone in America was hooked. The reality of Black people was a hard one, and the pain, sacrifice, violence, and perseverance of Black people was highlighted beyond debate.
After graduating high school, I was most definitely in search of something far deeper than what my community provided. One day, I went to the library and randomly selected books that began to empower my mind. One of those books was The Autobiography of Malcolm X. From the first page…to the last; I devoured every single word. It opened me up. My mind grew…and grew…and grew. I read more books by Black people like Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Elderidge Cleaver, W.B. DuBois, et al. And I had an epiphany: It was time to become A VOICE not just a quiet observer.
In August 1999, I became Truthangel on Blackvoices and I found that voice. From the discussions and debates that I initiated, A fire was ignited in my soul. The TRUTH became my torch and I was going to bring it to America, particularly, White America, whether they liked it or not. During this period of time; the spirit of slavery appeared in some of the Black people that I engaged in on may occasions, yet, I was undeterred. The message had to be brought. And thus, I stood my ground.
Now here I am all of these years later, an author, website contributor, writer, and blogger.
And the once little quiet girl has grown into a woman who is about to become a force that this nation and world has never seen.
White America! You have waged war on my people for hundreds of years, but I come to warn you about a little thing that you seem to forget in your vincible ignorance: LIONS COME FROM AFRICA! And I prophecy, that there will be a people, BLACK PEOPLE who are about to come on this earth to reestablish ALL of the Kingdoms of Africa; and bring dignity back to their people BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
Stay tuned…and watch!