I didn’t learn about Juneteenth until I was taught…but I didn’t learn about it in school. It wasn’t until June 2012 when my then TX coworker Melanie Braddy-Skipper of Lena’s Delight Catering & Events, (who can cook her entire face off by the way) asked me if I was interested in the Juneteenth potluck. As she recovered from the literal shock when I asked her what it was and she realized I had no idea what she was talking about; she didn’t fact shame me….she stood at my desk before the next call came in and she taught me. She didn’t revoke my Black card…she taught me. When my defense was “Nah I’m new here. Born and reared in Brooklyn and relocated here from Philly”…she didn’t challenge my wokeness…instead she taught me…in love.

Now dig it…by June 2012, I was a WHOLE grown woman who had been BLACK her entire life and yet this VITAL piece of MY history was something I was completely oblivious to. Selah. Here is a link to a short article that I recommend written by Stephen Brown, the founder of Digital Afro, explaining it’s origin.

In the upcoming days…years ahead, you will have the opportunity to teach and get taught. The chance to get woke and wake others up.
No matter the subject matter and what side of the teaching moment you’re on…I challenge you do it in love…because life ALWAYS has a way of leveling the playing field. Peace💫e

P.S. I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge my new followers and thank those who’ve remained after 5 years of my sharing in this space. May God bless and strengthen you and your families at this time. 2020 has been an extremely difficult year for many. Be encouraged and remember you are not alone!

If you or a loved one is in crisis or having difficulty coping, here are a few resources:

The National Suicide Hotline

800-273-TALK (Veterans Press 1)

TEEN SUICIDE CRISIS HOTLINE- 800-852-8336 (Trained Teen Counselors)

The Trevor Project (LGBT Community) 866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline (Transgendered Community) 877-565-8860

The Grief Recovery HelpLine 800-445-4808

Crisis Text: Text HOTLINE to 741741

If outside the U.S visit http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html for assistance

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  1. Hello, dear e. Sometime in the early morning hours I thought of you. I couldn’t remember your blog name and, isn’t this an amazing sweetness of the Lord to let me find an emain from you this morning. A word from a white Oklahoman about Juneteenth. I’ve been in Oklahoma since 1952, and this is the first year I have heard of Juneteenth Celebration. My husband said it is the first he has heard of it. I am aware of the massacre that caused it. Could you please reprint your poem to your son that first brought me into you blogging ministry. Hugs to you, dear e.

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    1. Wow Ms Oneta this brought tears to my eyes. I miss you and I’m so glad the Lord laid me on your heart. Its been a few years since I wrote that piece! When I wrote it, part of me really thought I would never have to write a poem citing the list of unarmed African Americans who were killed again. So it feels a bit outdated because tragically there are many more names to add, but I will gladly share that piece again and tag you in it. I am in the process of revamping this site but felt led to write today. I’m glad I did. It helped our paths to cross once again. Sending CyberHugs your way💕

      Praying nothing but the best for you & yours. Be well💫e


      1. I marvel at the “coincidences” that are ordered by our Lord. Hope the Lord is blessing your ministry, both for your sake and the sake of others. Thanks for bringing out the poem. Smiling at you without mask. See. 😀

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