The Black Family Pledge

BECAUSE we have forgotten our ancestors,
our children no longer give us honor.

BECAUSE we have lost the path our ancestors cleared
kneeling in perilous undergrowth,
our children cannot find their way.

BECAUSE we have banished the God of our ancestors,
our children cannot pray.

BECAUSE the old wails of our ancestors have faded beyond our hearing,
our children cannot hear us crying.

BECAUSE we have abandoned our wisdom of mothering and fathering,
our befuddled children give birth to children
they neither want nor understand.

BECAUSE we have forgotten how to love, the adversary is within our
gates, an holds us up to the mirror of the world shouting,
'Regard the loveless'

Therefore we pledge to bind ourselves to one another, to embrace our
lowliest, to keep company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate,
to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to do all good things,
knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters.

We ARE our brothers and sisters.

IN HONOR of those who toiled and implored God with golden tongues,
and in gratitude to the same God who brought us out of hopeless desolation, we make this pledge.

by Maya Angelou

Comments (6)

Allie, I noticed the other day while strolling through what you had written and promised myself to come back and take a peek. I'm glad I did. Posted before I joined PH which accounts for the reason I hadn't read it before. Sharing affairs of the heart so heartfelt as ever. Top marks and thanks for sharing it my friend. David
Every single one of those moments superbly depicted. The reader is there, shares the emotion, feels the pain... AAA, this is simply superb. Onto the next right now... t x
Personal memories but shared in a tasteful and pictureque way. A very worthy read, I particularly like the open end... Its always good to think there may be more to come. Best Wishes, Patrick
ALISON...GREAT WRITE AND A BRILLIANT IDEA FOR A SERIES IN WHICH I LOOK FORWARD TO READING & COMMENTING ON ONE AND ALL''''''''''''FRANK
What an astounding memory this lady has! My walking frame said she's accurate tool. By the way, beautifully written and thanks...
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