Africa
6th Annual   
Albion Michigan  

Black Family Reunion 
a Celebration of Family, Community, and History

August 8-15,1998


Black Family Reunion Pledge

Because we have forgotten our ancestor,
our children no longer give us honor.

        Because we have lost the path our ancestors cleared knelling in
perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way.

        Because we have  banished the God of our ancestors, children
cannot
pray.

        Because we have abandoned our wisdom of mothering and fathering,
our befuddled children give birth to children they neither want nor
understand.

        Because we have forgotten how to love, the adversary is within
our
gates, and holds up to the mirror of the world, shouting, ìRegard the
loveless.

Therefore, we pledge to bind ourselves to one another
        To embrace our lowliest,
        To educate our illiterate,
        To feed our starving,
        To clothe our ragged,
        To do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of
our brothers and sisters.  We are our brothers and sisters.
        In honor of those who toiled and implored God with golden
tongues, and in gratitude to do the same God who brought us out of hopeless
desolation.
        We make this pledge.
 



Dr. Maya Angelou
Written Expressly for the National Council of Negro Women
 Black Family Reunion Celebration on May 14, 1986.
 

A Program of Minority Program Services Black Family Institute

For more information on the Albion Black Family Reunion

or other Minority Program Services programs, contact:

Paula Langston-Ware

Minority Program Services

300 B Drive North, P.O. Box 265

Albion, MI 49224

(517) 629-2113 Fax (517) 629-2029

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