This Juneteenth , I celebrate my ancestors , the mommas who were tortured and bred with disrespect and cruelty .
I celebrate these strong women , and their midwives .
These women refused to die and their midwives kept them and their offspring alive .
By any means necessary and with the grace of God.
They lived so that I could thrive .
They suffered so that I could sing .
They they cried so that my sons and grandchildren could laugh , create and master their own destinies .
We live for you.
And I thank you all , from the deepest part of me to your brilliant souls .
Never leave my side , mothers – watch over me – guide my steps until I come to join you – I love you❤️