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07/07/2013 9:23pm

We March.
I tried to capture the spirit of what my late brother (Rev. Jesse Rayford Jr.) might have felt but found that this leadership he spoke of was not present. I tried to capture his thought of walking with a King, and with brave men with the same mindset was not there. I tried to capture what he meant when he said this was one of his best days, on earth. This power was not present for me to discover. My thoughts of this day read:
The weather some sun, some clouds. We begin.
The march was quiet, people were marching, a group marching sung some part of we shall overcome, a group sung what we want, what we need, we marched on. Our job has been compromised. The March line stopped several times, connecting to those waiting in different spots. We are marching. I can see leadership getting a ride down to the end of the march. We are marching. We grow old and weary.
The faces of the people are hopeful, we are worried, we are brave, and we are looking for leadership. We are marching. The line stops, let’s get moving someone shouts, the line is ask to step back, No we can’t step back someone shouted. We came too far to step back. Our voting rights, has been compromised. We are going backwards. Where are you? Where were you? The message is here.
We march on. We march for peace, we march for justice, and we march for racism, sexisms, segregation, economics, humanity, equity and equality. We march, we chant, we sing.
The march ends at the water, still waters run deep, a call to action for a better world, still we rise, we are told to keep sight, put the guns down, and get a new mindset. Educate yourself to pass on to others.
The leadership my late brother spoke of was of one man making a difference that lead 5000+, was not present; we were led to the Detroit River, with no hopes to cross it, no direction to build on it, no insight on how we can walk through it, or where to begin. Are we listening, or is this just a dream….
We need new leadership, we need for our young adults men, and women to get educated and step in place. The authority was there, but the power lies in the young people. We shall overcome rightfully so – when our young people get some act right about them and take the lead. Change is coming.
Just a thought!



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