It was Sunday morning, August 20, 2017 when we learned that one of our beloved freedom fighters and sages,
Dick Gregory, had joined the realm of the grandcestors. A flood of tears, thoughts of disbelief came suddenly and blocked out intellectual questions of how, when, why. All of which may at some point be important, yet in this moment the feelings of, "Oh no," "I am not prepared," "How can I help his family?” all ran through my head.
Then, through the tears came these two messages.
“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind.” Marcus Garvey
Although in recent days, weeks, months, years each of us may have experienced the transition of a loved one and/or of someone we feel extremely close to or considered to be a spiritual father or mother, we are all part of a larger spiritual family, and as such we are duty bound to honor those who have made transition. Often the tears, pain, and sorrow are overwhelming and may for a time cause a certain degree of numbness. Be patient because grieving is a necessary set of steps in order to release the sorrow, heal from the perceived loss, and rejuvenate our spirit.
One of the best ways to demonstrate our love is not just through sending or accepting well wishes, sending flowers, and attendance at memorials but also through remembering that those who have made transition are always with us. While it is true that many of our liberation soldiers had faults and sometimes missed a step or two, their willingness to be on the front line deserves a moment of pause and full consideration.
Honor them daily by respecting their contributions to our understanding of the circle of life. Honor them for their strives in promoting health, inner harmony, and self-determination. Honor them for teaching us about the struggle for global liberation. Honor them for waking us up with liberating truths. Honor them for the wisdom and actions they shared in the hopes of raising our consciousness, increasing our knowledge of ourselves and the world, and of elevating our individual and collective frequencies.
Sincere condolences, love, and respect to the Gregory family and to all the families of those who have recently joined the ancestors. May they rest in peace and power. Much love and respect to all those who will heed the call, listen and obey messages from the grandcestors and ancestors. In time the proof of heeding the call, of obedience to the messages is that we show love, strength, unity, and concern to and for each other and unapologetically continue to take strategic action for our global Black liberation.