Friday, June 5, 2020

A Meditation for #KidLit4BlackLives

offered by Wade and Cheryl Hudson
authors and founders of Just Us Books
June 4, 2020

We lift up the Creator who made us all to be beautiful and safe.
But must witness that beauty and safety, assaulted, century by century, generation by generation, even day by day, by racism, hatred, insensitivity, intolerance and indifference.

We lift up our families, the village and the world community that
must fight to make sure that the inherent beauty in us all can flower and bless us all.

We lift up our children who are our hope and whose beauty gives life to all that is around them. So, we embrace and love the children!

We lift up the sanctity of all life, but especially Black life, Black bodies that have been, over centuries too long, trivialized, brutalized, monetized and destroyed simply because they are Black.

We lift up freedom and justice, for which our ancestors fought, and for which we must continuously pursue, without hesitation, without ceasing, until they are realized.

We lift up this call to action, the commitment needed to do the work to create a world where our beauty as human beings is valued and can spring forth and all of us can feel safe.

This call to action resounds across the ages in “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the Black National Anthem.   

Lift ev’ry voice and sing, Till earth and Heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise, High as the list’ning skies,
let it resound loud as the Rolling sea.

Sing a song, full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
Sing a song, full of the hope that the present has brought us.

Facing the rising sun, of our new day begun,
Let us march on, [let us protest on, let us fight on,] 
till victory is won.



The KidLit Community Rally for Black Lives was organized by Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, Jason Reynolds and hosted by The Brown Bookshelf. A replay is available here.

Visit The Brown Bookshelf for additional anti-racist resources for children, families and educators.