Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lessons from NCNW’s Black Family Reunion

September 17, 2009 by  
Filed under black women, engage

mom and daughterThis 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.
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  • http://theconservativerevolution.com Brendan Steinhauser

    I’m glad the two events went smoothly, and our folks got to interact. There is certainly enough room on the Mall for everyone. Thanks for posting your thoughtful, truthful comment. :)

  • Ginger Niesen

    As a Tea Party attendee fighting for all people in this country! It was fun attending the Black Family Reunion. We felt quite welcomed. Thanks so much for sharing your event with us!!

  • Byron

    freedom and liberty are the true nature of man. they are not the exclusive domain of whites. I wish that more black people would understand that white conservative want that for everyone. Freemarkets and liberty go a long way toward eliminating racism. Free trade among men establishes a common bond and a common purpose.

  • owanliu

    I like the smiling face,I very like the family picture,I saw the picture in China, the face like your family celebrate mom,can you give me your email.

  • owanliu

    I like the smiling face,I very like the family picture,I saw the picture in China, the face like your family celebrate mom,can you give me your email.