MILLION WOMEN MARCH
IN HONOR OF THEIR PRIDE
Today I pause to pay tribute to one of the greatest wonders of this world. This wonder has rocked
many cradles, saved many lives, bore many sorrows and soothed many hearts. This wonder whisper with the
strength of the wind, “You can make it”. With loving hands, this wonder continues to pull to
safety those that are forgotten, weakened and lost. Late at night when cold whispers through the house,
this figure rise to provide heat for those that sleep. Cold feet and shivering teeth do not stop these
hands from covering little ones. With love, heads are covered with hats and scarves and hands with socks
or gloves. Hot cereal or syrup and biscuits are prepared for breakfast. Sometimes only
water and bread. This wonder arises early to see that all is well and is last to bed at night.
This great wonder is woman. She bore
the lash of slave masters and endured unmentionable sorrows, yet her strength remained. She scrubbed floors
on her hands and knees, nursed babies at her breast and brought leftovers home from the master’s house that we may live. Today she yet stands strong in spite of being last hired, first fired and looked down
upon by many that fail to appreciate who she really is. She is
not only Harriet Tubman, Mary McCloud Bethune and Una Clark; she is our grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, daughters,
nieces and granddaughters. She is the scrubwoman, baby-sitter, mother on welfare and hard working family
woman. She is my sisters, strong supporters and yes “YOU”. May your strength,
wisdom and faith continue to help guide us and may this journey lead you all to a higher plane of fulfillment.
Cr. Ms. Alice B. Nixon-Barr,
1997, Alicebbarr.com. This labor of love is not to be duplicated in any form, placed in a retrieval system or performed by
anyone, without the written permission of the above-named author.