The Authenticity of A Person: A Tribute to My Courageous Ancestors
Posted on May 31 2017
You know what I miss? People who were real. People who said what they meant and meant what they said. People who had feelings and felt things.
Maya Angelou inspires me and I am enthralled as I watch the Netflix documentary, “Maya Angelou: Still I Rise. Her strength is undeniable and as I watch her, she reminds me so much of Nina Simone.
The Black Americans of Maya Angelous’s day had fear, yet, they forged forward anyway. That is Courage. I learned just a few years ago that having fear but doing what needs to be done, regardless of that fear exists, is courage.
Have I felt courage though? Have I seen true courage in my lifetime?
So many times I must have seen courage. Yet, I may not have recognized it at the time.
James Baldwin and Malcolm X follow my sentiments of rage. The anger I feel, I pour into my work. I write it down to memorialize it and to express myself all at once. I write down my thoughts because I am compelled to, as if my ancestors’ voices are telling me…yelling and pushing me…to speak through the words that I write. I believe it is my calling to honor my ancestors and tell their stories.
You see, when you simply speak, the words float away onto the wind, then…like the air, they’re gone. Maybe someone might hear you and that person just might be somewhat smart enough to recall what you said the exact way. But, will they speak?
Will they have the courage to say those words to anyone else? Will they care enough to speak my truth?
I cannot guarantee this…so I write.
I listen to Dr. Boyce Watkins and he continues to say that the things he does are for his brother’s unborn children.
I write for my children, my grandchildren, my grandchildren’s children.
I write for the village of Black children who are also my children. I write, like Ida B. Wells, for the adults who need to hear this. The adults who are waiting for something, anything…because they are enraged too.
I write as though to yell out, “Is there anyone else out there?!”
If you aren’t writing to pour your heart out onto the paper, then you are not a writer.
Maya Angelou is amazing and so many like her, such as Prince, are artists who perform without a structured hour of training in sight. These performers go on to become these great and memorable icons who didn’t go to anyone’s school or allowed anyone to tell them what they could and couldn’t do.
And these are the most prolific artists because they had the courage to share their gift with the World. A gift so grand that it only could be bestowed upon them by God.
No gift is greater.
The gifts God give us, we are blessed to have and we have these gifts for a purpose. We are meant to share our natural talents with the World. No class or permission needed. Except the lessons and permission of God.
Walk in your truth.
The courage to walk in your truth has to be infinite because so many will be jealous of you and angry because they don’t have your courage. They don’t have your gift.
You will have to have courage because many a time, you will walk alone. Not completely alone because God will always be with you.
However, there will be no mortal who will be able to go where you need to go at times to walk and live in your truth. The further challenge will be constantly pushing yourself to places that even you are afraid to go.
Yes, fear will almost always be there.
But, fear is what breeds courage. Fear is your chance to be something special. Something great. It is when fear is present that excellence has its chance to be born.
Do you know your purpose in life? If so, what is it? Post comments below.
Samantha Dawson is a Web Designer, Graphics Designer, Freelance Writer, CEO of LocStar Revolution, NoVA 24/7 Notary Services and Web Designers and Scribes. In her free time, you can find Samantha reading biographies, watching documentaries on Netflix or spending quality time with her family. Samantha lives in Fairfax, VA with her fiancé and 3 sons.