I have arrived at my ancestral break through,
Knowing to myself that I can be you,
I can be whomever I set my mind to be,
My shackles are loose, my scars are healed and so I am free.
Freedom reigns in every step that I take,
While fighting the challenges of life through the decisions I make,
Encouraged by the choices that mother Tubman made when she went North:
It was her saying, "No more bondage, no more pain,
my people deserve to live free again."
When mother Parks sat in the front of the bus:
It's her way of saying, "I'm tired, my feet hurt,
so go ahead and fuss,
it's not like you've never seen a black woman on a bus."
Encouraged by past folk memories that urge me to stay strong,
Through blood, sweat and tears, I know I can go on,
Whatever I may encounter this I know I can face,
Worst was dealth upon my heritage, yet still we run the race.
Never settling for the crumbs of society's respect, honor or recognition,
For it is within myself where their lies the biggest ambition.
Though some may try to make me feel worthless and invisible,
Still the memoirs of my past make me feel invincible.