Our honorees have been instrumental in building HABESHA in Atlanta, Baltimore, and in Ghana. Since 2004, HABESHA has taken over 100 youth and adults to Ghana as a part of their Black To Our Roots program. They built their relationship to build for our people. On Feb. 13th, that's what we honor and dance to.
|Shevon & Cashawn Meyers @ BLD 2014|
It takes a special love, their Building Love, to see through muddy water, and to see how to build The Kweko Andou Sustainability Institute in Ghana, W.Africa.
Where's the villain? The damsel in distress? The s/hero? Eyes trained by Madison Ave. will miss them. The builder's drama is too complicated, too real. The same sun is at once the savior, the villain and the savior again. That seed dropped into the earth sacrifices itself for greater life. It has all the excitement of the Creation story - wrought with all the possibilities for failure and success as the life of man and woman. Cashawn and Shevon have sacrificed themselves -- their love which is greater than either individually. Our community consumes the fruit of their love.
Placing that cornerstone - garnered only from meager materials the builder could afford - is like placing the capstone on the Pyramid at Giza. They can see the future from a single stone.
For the teacher who sacrificed so that one more group of students could kiss the soil of our mother land, their kisses are like ancestors - returned. When our people pool their monies to buy one more home or piece of land - free and clear, the organizer might as well be standing under that cascading water falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Come experience the cascading joy of Building Love.
I'm not hating on warriors and healers. We need them all; in fact, we need to be them all - in turn. I am saying we need to shed the oppressor's eyes to see through the builder's eyes to hear what a builder hears, and feel what a builder feels. We need to give the builders some.
If our families are tattered or estranged, for whom will we fight? If we cannot feed, clothe and educate ourselves, how will we replenish the ranks. If we have no land, where will we take refuge? Revolutionary builders are key to winning a sustained protracted struggle.
Come to the 4th Annual Black Love Day Dinner Celebration and honor the Myers' Building Love. Watch out, some may spill off on you.