Hello, beautiful people. We hope you had a wonderful holiday. As we make our way into a new year, we bring you a small gift of love and wisdom from our friend Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, who is the president of the GrassRoots Community Foundationand a member of The Beautiful Community. Many thanks to Janice for taking up your pen!
Dear Black Girl,
It is important that you know that you are beautiful.
Dear black girl, it is important that you understand that your beauty transcends this moment. So even if at age 5 you’re not considered aesthetically pleasing, that can change. Even if at age 6 people don’t understand what you love, that can change.
Even if it never changes, you only need to be beautiful to you. And you will come to appreciate yourself more over time.
Dear black girl, you must always, always, always be in relationship with yourself first. Your family and your community relationships can be complex, and beautiful, and awful, and troublesome, and fantastic and over the top. It can be anything that you desire. It only needs to be loving and it needs to feed your soul.
Dear black girl, you should know that you are and have always been created from greatness and therefore you are born great and greatness is what you are.
Dear black girl, you can in fact, together with your community, be the change you want to see in the world. Dear black girl when times are hard, as they will be, you only need to remember one basic truth: Things always look better when you dance.So start dancing.
And dear Black girl, remember above all things and every day that you are and forever will be the beginning and the end of all things. The world was created by black women and you are the creation of all things.
Dr. Janice Johnson Dias
Dr. Janice Johnson Dias is President of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation and calls New Jersey her home.