STAND TALL AND SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER ...


PLEASE JOIN ME TONIGHT WHEN I attend the SaveOurSchools Rally and Speak Truth to Power as the Richmond City Council considers the City of Richmond Public Schools Budget @ 6 pm, Richmond City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 9th and Broad Streets, Richmond, Virginia.

 MARY McLEOD BETHUNE'S
 LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

I leave you love. Love builds. It is positive and helpful. It is more beneficial than hate.
I leave you hope. The Negro’s growth will be great in the years to come. Yesterday, our ancestors endured the degradation of slavery, yet they retained their dignity. Today, we direct our economic and political strength toward winning a more abundant and secure life. 
I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. As long as Negroes are hemmed into racial blocs by prejudice and pressure, it will be necessary for them to band together for economic betterment… 
I leave you a thirst for education. Knowledge is the prime need of the hour. More and more, Negroes are taking full advantage of hard-won opportunities for learning, and the educational level of the Negro popuation is at its highest point in history… 
I leave you a respect for the uses of power. We live in a world, which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom. Unwisely directed, it can be a dreadful, destructive force. 
I leave you faith. Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible… 
I leave you racial dignity. I want Negroes to maintain their human dignity at all costs. We, as Negroes, must recognize that we are the custodians as well as the heirs of a great civilization… 
I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow men. The problem of color is world-wide… 
I leave you finally a responsibility to our young people… Our children must never lose their zeal for building a better world. They must not be discouraged from aspiring to greatness… Nor must they forget that the masses of our people are still underprivileged, ill-housed, impoverished and victimized by discrimination. 
The Freedom Gates are half ajar. We must pry them fully open.