Lessons from NCNW’s Black Family Reunion
This past weekend blackgirlgrown participated in the NCNW’s Annual Black Family Reunion Celebration. It reminded us of our own family reunions, the good, bad, and the ugly…..but lovely even still. And no matter the hemming and hawing, we’ll return next year.
Several teaching and reflective moments come to mind:
- Family is family whether we are talking about blood relatives or black folks with a common shared experience.
- We are all hungry for information to break through our current circumstance.
- The opportunity to positively influence one woman’s life and the smile and promise of young black children is worth the muscle aches from lugging boxes to the National Mall, the disbelief of conspiracy theories some of our brothas came up with, and the dismay seeing our young sistas act like gangstas instead of ladies.
- There are so many of us focused on making a positive difference in our communities from the individual, to book clubs, to national organizations. We are more focused than we know.
- God provides in abundance regardless if we recognize it or not.
- The DC Tea Party Protesters aren’t the raging racists the media portrays them to be. We were pleasantly surprised at the number of tea party visitors at our booth and the Black Family Reunion Celebration overall.
- We are in control of our destinies as African Americans. We must set the course and not rely on the government to provide what we ourselves can.
- More work is required, and we must keep moving forward.