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We pay homage to those lost in Katrina, to those who became displaced, strangers in the place they have called home, we pause and remember them. We dare not forget those people who stood alone, expectantly awaiting respite that almost never came, we remember them today. Let us remember this appalling tragedy that 10 year's ago took so many precious and irreplaceable lives, the over 100,000 that have not or have been unable to return home reconnecting with the life they left behind. It is our duty to remember, that it ought not happen again. Reach out today and remind those that you hold close of the love you have for them, recognizing that any of us could have been caught up in this disaster, that this could have been our hometown, that we could have been lost to this natural phenomena along with the failing of our government to rescue and provide aid. Never forgetting those who we lost, commit to your community to live, fight and work together to protect and preserve life. The caring and preservation of each other is our most sacred responsibility, let us never again devastatingly fail at this task. For every life matters, rich or poor, balck, yellow, green or white, every life matters. Let us remember today never forgetting the plight thrust upon our people, the implications of our slow response and inaction. Remember today and live working hand and hand to confront and correct this travesty, let us remember today. #Katrina #NewOrleans 

Your mad at the people for rioting? Get mad at the Police who shoot an unarmed man, profiled and brutalized because of the color of his skin. Get mad at the system that perpetuates the disenfranchisement of Black men. America we have a sad sad history of this, black man after black man cut down at the hands of the Police, that is what we need to be mad at. A system that almost overtly promotes the killing and jailing of Black men. Even in 2014 African Americans are still found to be strangers in the land that was built upon its back. First in the south in the cotton fields, toiling all day. Since then we have suffered, fighting for the right to life and freedom. Even after gaining that right, we had to fight through Jim Crow to exercise it. Who would have thought that after all that we would still be fighting? This time fighting for the rights again to exist, without the stigma that comes with our Black skin. Will we ever live in a nation where being a Black man is not a crime? Will our boys ever live in a time where he is not upon birth immediately handicapped by the color of his beautiful balck skin? I'm not mad at the people for getting upset at the senseless killing of a young black man. If the people weren't so held down, brutalized and marginalized, if our children were not being killed year after year for little to no reason at all, then maybe the people wouldn't be so angry and feel the need to riot!

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Go on Maya and take your rest. The world has watched you ascend to great heights. We have watched you labor with humility and with the endurance of hope. We have watched as you vicariously and courageously gave us utterances that have guided many a wounded, fallen and broken soul through the vigorous race of life. Yes we have seen with our eyes, listened intently with our ears and felt deeply in our hearts the life that you have lived and the legacy you have left. Go on Maya and take your rest, in the arms of the master. May you be received with a joyous chorus proclaiming the caged bird free. We go forward with you in our hearts, your words never forgotten, the courage from them forever within us. The entire world has been touched by your living, we release you back to the universe with heavy hearts for a great soul is with us no more.Yet we will rise tomorrow clinging to your voice, for you will never be far from our hearts. You have earned your rest, be free. #MayaAngelou 

When Great Trees Fall

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.”
― Maya Angelou

#MayaAngelou #RIP
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