I have heard it said that winter, too, will pass, that spring is a sign that summer is due at last. See, all we have to do is hang on. – Maya Angelou
Spring 2019 hasn’t exactly been the season of rebirth and zeal that its billing suggests. Even as our northern friends survived life-defying cold fronts and snow by clutching to the wisdom, that if they just hold on, the annual bud blooming and friendly temperatures would soon settle in and for the next six months Old Man Winter is forced to take a timeout.
But as Winter gave way to Spring a few weeks ago, you could hardly tell the difference in some regions. It’s mid-April and friends across the country are still waking to Jack Frost’s handiwork. However, it’s more than the weather that’s giving us the cold shoulder. All over the country, Black people are reeling from the news confirming that the system is indeed rigged and we are fighting a losing battle against those who control the purse strings [see #CollegeAdmissionsScandal]. In addition, we are collectively mourning the tragic death of father, partner, leader, and rapper Nipsey Hussle who was gunned down outside of his store in late March [see #TheMarathonContinues].
In the next few days, you will see posts from One Voice and guest blogger-warriors express equal parts angst and aspiration; hate for a system that breeds inequity and hope for an equitable tomorrow. This month’s blogs represent the season’s trees emerging from winter’s death grip, symbolizing struggle and reward.
Speaking of trees, in the blog below, Vesia Hawkins is “in mourning over the impending loss of downtown Nashville’s Cherry Blossoms and the death of Nashville’s soul” as city leaders, without so much as a blink, topple Cherry trees because big money profiteers needed them out of the way for a two-day event. Why do trees matter so much to this education advocate? Check it out.
To celebrate Spring is to recognize the role death plays in its beauty. We mourn the loss of life and grieve over systems created to make us disappear, we do this with the wisdom and understanding that life continues. We represent the Cherry tree that loses its flower, then its green, naked and unprotected through punishing conditions – all necessary for the most spectacular of comebacks. The set up for the come up.
The marathon continues.