Today, I found myself feeling unsettled as I thought about President-elect Donald Trump and how much sadness and anxiety his election has brought into many of our lives. As an African-American, I take it personal that a large segment of the United States of America citizenry think that they are justified in denying me and my fellow African Americans the right to live out our lives in the same manner they aspire to. Without conscience, they continue to disregard how much blood, sweat and tears we have endured, and, continue to endure to this day. To rise above uneasiness, I made a mental journey: attempted to connect to the ancestors who survived the many horrors in slavery committed by unwitting whites. You might ask “How did you do it?”
Last week, PBS broadcast two hours of Alvin Ailey Dance Company at Lincoln Center. I just finished watching the two hour program—I was succored by “Revelations”. If you haven’t seen the broadcast, do yourself a favor —you will be uplifted by the classical beauty Alvin Ailey was able to capture.
For those of you living internationally and/or who cannot connect to the PBS broadcast, here is a Youtube presentation of “Revelations.”
Part of today’s journey also included Mikki Grants’ “It Takes A Whole Lots of Human Feeling To Be A Human Being,” sung by Carmen McRae. My soul is finding its balance once again. If enough of people listen to the lyrics of this song, perhaps many troubled souls would be cleansed.—Ronn