Take Up Your Pen

#dearblackgirl: Live your best life.

April 19, 2016

We are pleased to bring you another powerful #dearblackgirl letter that will surely move you. Thank you Ash-Lee for taking up your pen!

Dear Black Girl,

You are the living proof of what successes our ancestors fought for and won. The legacy they created to see their work to liberate our people come to fruition. You have everything you need to be exactly who you were born to be. Exactly who our people need. Just be you.

I celebrate the truth that you’re gonna get this life right in so many ways that folks before you only imagined. Settle for and concede nothing. Live your best life. Make mistakes. Learn lessons. Have fun. Fulfill desires. Be smart and safe, courageous and full of adventure. You are brilliant.

Use your gifts in service to our people. We need you. Your servant leadership doesn’t require perfection. Be loving. Be honest. Embrace having real and unapologetic commitment to politics that get our people free. Live those politics in theory and in practice. Serve the people. Follow their leadership.

You are beautiful. Answered prayer. Dreams personified. You are why so many of us made great sacrifices, fought tooth and nail with everything we’ve had for freedom, justice, love and liberation. For you to not just survive, but thrive. You are loved and adored. You’ve got this. It’s in your blood and bones. You were born with a purpose and are exactly what we’ve been waiting for. You have a privilege and responsibility to be your best you and give back.

You are my family. You are not alone in this life and work you’ve been called to do.

Yours, with love and solidarity, always and forever,

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Post #28-IMG_8292Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a regional organizer at Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide. She is 30 years old and is from Chattanooga, TN. 

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