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Melvin Hendrix @earthlyhands
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1/ Today, a day before the mid-terms, I'm thinking of my grandmother. As a young boy, one of my most vivid memories was attending my grandmother's funeral, standing between my mother and father.
2/ More people than I had ever seen in church or anywhere else other than a parade attended, white and black, SRO, overflow, watching through windows. I could not believe that so many ppl loved my grandmother as I did.
3/ I don't know how religious my grandmother was, but she had married into a church-founding family for the African Methodist Episcopals. Sundays were special days, but unlike children in similar situations, I was not made to sit in church all day.
4/ No, I spent time in the woods learning the ways of the forest. I think that decision was a grandmother decision. Though my father was no saint, he would do anything for her, as she did for me. And, my mother never questioned her decisions.
5/ Another memory was a breakfast where she asked me what I wanted to eat. I loved her fried chicken and said that's what I wanted. She called to my grandfather to get her a chicken, not at a store, but in the yard.😄 We had fried chicken that morning.
6/ Church-founders or not, the family was not even middleclass by most standards, depending on its children to help out in a capitalist, racist economy. Living inside their home was to know nature intimately as you could see it through cracks in the walls. Humbling.
7/ Yet, I never felt safer or more loved in any other home,..still don't. I learned so much about living from them in such a short time, for which I remain grateful. My granny's death was a great loss, more than I realized at the time.
8/ Being young, I thought my grandparents were also young. Only when I saw census records later in life did I learn their ages. I'm thinking of her today because of #Nov6th.
9/ My grandparents cared deeply for their children and lived their lives with dignity despite the burdens of #WhiteSupremacy. They never prostrated themselves, and treated others with respect.
10/ How disappointed they would be that our generation have allowed this pernicious barbarism, led by treasonous devils, to be so confident as to show their head again. There is much work to be done.
11/ On Nov 6th, tomorrow, get out early and #Vote for a better society. I know I will, thanks to a family and its legacy that nurtured me into adulthood. #Resist with all your strength and courage. @ColorOfChange @NAACP_LDF @TheRoot #BlackTwitter
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