Heroines of Jericho Study Material Page 5

Subject: What it takes to make a Sister Smile (paraphrased from TY-GRAY-EL)

I would like to discuss with you in this block of instruction, a most interesting set of words on our most beautiful sisters. It is part of a speech I had just given and it is solely inspired by a video sent to me. I took the liberty to paraphrase some things to make it fit the function I was speaking at.

I COME HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU SIR THAT WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL LADIES, TRULY FAIREST AMONG THOUSANDS AND IN PARPHRASING THE WORDS OF TY-GRAY-EL, I KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE OUR SISTERS SMILE. MY BROTHERS, DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE A EASTERN STAR SMILE? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT IS? FROM THE TIME BEFORE PRINCE HALL, SHE HAS BORNE THE WEIGHT OF THIS COUNTRY ON HER BACK FOR AT LEAST 400 YEARS. THROUGH IT ALL AND THE COUNTRIES INFANCY SHE HAS BEEN CARING THE LOAD OF AMERICA IN HER BELLY.

SOME SISTERS WHERE HUSBANDLESS CHILD-REARERS SINCE THE SIXTEEN HUNDREDS. HAVE YOU ANY IDEA OF WHAT IT TAKES TO PUT A SMILE ON HER FACE? YOU NEED THE STRENGTH OF SANSOM, THE NERVE OF JOSHUA AND THE COURAGE OF DAVID FACING THE LION. SHE HAS CULTIVATED IN HER WOMB THE MARVEL OF THE UNIVERSE, ONLY TO SOMETIMES HAVE HER HOPES AND DREAMS ABORTED, AND HER INSPIRATIONS SHOW UP DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

SHE HAS GIVEN BIRTH TO KINGS AND QUEENS AND LIVED UP TO HER MAJESTIC PROMISE ONLY TO SEE HER CHILDREN SOLD TO A MONSTER WITH NO RESPECT FOR HER ROYALTY. IF YOU CAN MAKE A SISTER SMILE, YOU ARE A MIRICLE WORKER.
IMAGINE BREAST-FEEDING YOUR CHILD IN VIRGINIA AND HAVING HIM SNATCHED FROM YOUR ARMS, BRANDED, THEN HIGH JACKED TO LOUISIANNA AND PUBLICALLY FONDLED ON A NEW ORLEANS AUCTIONS BLOCK. IF MEMORY OF THAT PAIN WAS LOCKED IN YOUR DNA WOULD YOU BE SMILING? IF YOU BREAST-FED SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO GROW UP AND CALL YOU DARKIE, PIGANNY AND NAPPY HEADED GIGABOO. YOU WOULDN’T BE SMILING EITHER.

IF YOU CAN MAKE A SISTER SMILE, YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING. IF YOU CAN MAKE HER SMILE, YOU ARE STRONGER THAN ATLAS, BECAUSE GOD KNOWS SHE HAS BEEN RAPED, RAVEGED, AND SCORNED AND NEARLY ANIHALATED. SHE’S BEEN PIMPED AND POMMELED, STONED AND DILIBERATLEY DEPRICIATED. SHE HAS COOKED AND CLEANED AND SEWN AND NEVER BEEN COMPENSATED.
SHE HAS BEEN FORCED TO WATCH HER OFF-SPRING BE MANGLED AND MALIGNED ACROSS CENTURIES. HER CHARACTER HAS BEEN CONTINOUSLY SMEARED, ASSASSINATED OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN. YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT HOW STRONG YOU HAVE TO BE TO BE A BLACK WOMAN? SHE HAS HAD TO MAKE BRICK WITHOUT STRAW, AFTER BEING STRIPPED OF ALL HER CUSTOMS, CULTURE AND TRADITIONS. NO OTHER WOMAN IN THE MODERN WORLD OF CIVILIZED HISTORY HAS GONE THROUGH WHAT SHE HAS GONE THROUGH. NO OTHER BEING ON THE PLANET HAS ENDURED WHAT SHE HAS ENDURED. SHE HAS BEEN CHASTISZED, CRITISIZED, DEMONIZED AND TERRORIZED.

SHE HAS HAD TO STAND WHILE HER MAN WAS BULL-WHIPPED FOR TRYING TO STAND. SHE HAD TO STAND WHEN HER MAN WAS BEING CASTRATED FOR TRYING TO STAND. SHE HAD TO STAND WHILE HE WAS HUNG BY HIS NECK FOR TRYING TO STAND. SHE HAD TO CARRY HER MAN BECAUSE EVERYTIME HE TRIED TO CARRY HIMSELF, HE WAS MURDERED FOR TRYING TO SO. ASK BETTY-SHABAZZ ABOUT HER MAN MALCOLM, ASK CORRETTA SCOTT-KING ABOUT MARTIN, ASK EMMIT TILL’S MOTHER.

IF YOU CAN MAKE A SISTER SMILE, YOU HAVE ACHIEVED SOMETHING. SINCE 1619, WHEN THEIR PREDESSORS CAME IN CHAINS, THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS BEEN MESSING WITH HER BRAIN, DISRESPECTING HER CALLING HER OUT HER NAME AND SHE’S TIRED. JUST PLAIN FANNIE LOU HAMMOND TIRED. TIRED OF BEING CALLED B-WORDS AND H-WORDS AND N-WORDS AND OTHER WORDS AND EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE CHILD OF GOD THAT SHE IS. BUT, THE ONE THING THAT WILL MAKE THE SISTER SMILE IS A GOOD BROTHER, A REAL BROTHER.

IF YOU ARE DOING WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SUPPORTING THE CHAPTERS, LIKE YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO SHE WILL SMILE. SHE WILL SMILE REGULARLY AND GLADLY. SO MAN UP MY BROTHERS, MAN UP AND LET’S MAKE OUR SISTERS SMILE. TREAT THEM LIKE THE QUEENS THEY ARE. THEY DESERVE IT AND RECOGNIZE THIS, THAT IN ALL GOD’S CREATION, THERE IS NOTHING MORE ALLURING, MORE APPEALING OR ATTRACTIVE. NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL, NOTHING MORE CHARMING, CHARISMATIC OR CAPTIVATING. THERE IS NOTHING MORE DELIGHTFUL, NOTHING MORE ELEGANT OR EXQUISITE. THERE IS NOTHING MORE FACINATING, MORE ISPIRING, INTOXICATING OR INVIGORATING. THERE IS NOTHING MORE MAGNIFICIENT, NOTHING MORE LOVELY, THAN SEEING OUR SISTER’S SMILE.

“STAY FOCUSED FOR RIGHT MUST PREVAIL, AND CONTINUE TO ACT UPON THE SQUARE FOR “THE SQUARE TEACHES US THAT GOD MADE ALL THINGS UPRIGHT, SQUARE AND PERFECT”