My moral compass of community was birthed in the company of elders absent in material wealth, yet rich in values and morals. Growing up in segregated south, I witness those, whom I called "old people," set the tone for how a community prospered despite the oppressive rule put in place to keep us trapped. The matriarchs and patriarchs of my youth were flawed but fearless in how they cared for each other. They provided a community systems of care to ensure everyone had whatever was needed.
It is the blueprint set by elders that I follow. As they paved smooth paths from rough terrains for us to travel and allowed us to stand on their shoulders so that we could see a future they never would see - I honor their sacrifice to me. My community is my work. I give to them what ― love, hope, and sacrifice ― was freely given to me. Prayerfully I will leave on them the mark left on me so that they will leave it on those who come after them.
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