The day a light went out around the world
I opened up the news page only to read Amiri Baraka, dead at 79. I think to myself, no this can't be.
Not this great man of consciousness, awareness, love & pride for the people.
Not the sheepherder that tended to the flock by teaching and imparting wisdom & direction.
Not him, not now, not at the time when it appears we need his light more than ever.
AND then I realized, today, this day, that day…is the day a light went out around the world.
It only took one time in his presence to jolt you into awareness.
It only took one time for you to hear him speak to be shaken into consciousness.
That day came for me in junior high, a kid in 7th grade.
His words set a fire in my soul that carried me into an awakening.
Every day for the rest of my life, I would know:
“We are my people, we build each other up. It is up to us.”
That light he shone was contagious and powerful, admirable, distinguished, controversial, prolific….
That light he shone, touched many and ignited a fire for knowledge, wisdom and action.
That light that our young people are so desperately in need of, that light that ushered us into seeking understanding of our journey as a people.
That light that went out around the world, the day God called you home.
My sincerest Condolences to the Baraka Family. Thank you all for allowing him to share his light around the world.