melanin is memory.
is the blue weight of the ocean. sewn into the red dusk of sky. living in the amber soil of your body.
it is alive.
leaping and sweeping you. against. into the sun.
your skin was the first astronaut. the first in space.
you touch the sun. everyday. and do not perish.
is the world. before this world.
before the word. slave.
and during the word. slave.
and after the word. slave.
it is the books. written into yourself.
wild math in the pads of your feet.
soft science in your hair.
language down your back. invention in your mouth.
melanin is why you are still alive after. the torching.
it is a second lung. the next heart. and the next heart. and the next.
a never ending. breathing thing.
a ceremony of life. while you are asleep.
a cosmos. in conversation.
melanin is a wisdom that knew.
hate would be the anti-light come to devour. defile.
a wisdom that did not flinch.
a wisdom that is not bothered by such things.
melanin is memory.
— inspired by a sisters remembering, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
You always learn from observing. You have to pick things up nonverbally because people will never tell you what you’re supposed to know. You have to get it for yourself: whatever it is that you need in order to survive. You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for. This is the way genuine learning takes place.
— Audre Lorde, from an interview dated April 1981 (via violentwavesofemotion)
Women of color are more like urban guerrillas trained through everyday battles with the state apparatus.
— Aida Hurtado (via kawrage)
#selfsighting #guelph #blackfeministbreathingtour
Yay for Kayla!! Tumblr revolution. (This IS us. Stop playin.) @auntcolyce #guelph #blackfeministbreathingtour
Lex and Buki! So honored that Buki is using the poem “Wishful Thinking” in her circle of healing and resistance in response to sexual violence on DePaul’s campus. Laugh often and love fiercely warrior healer!!! #blackfeministbreathingtour
Lex and Lili! We opened the workshop meditating to Mahalia Jackson singing Ellington’s “Come Sunday.” “Lillies of the valley, they neither toil nor spin…” Breathe Lili! You are inherently valuable. #blackbrownandbeige #blackfeministbreathingtour
Lex and Rachael. Congratulations on your journey to become a queer black troublemaking critical race theorizing community accountable lawyer! #paulimurraylegacies #blackfeministbreathingtour
Sending gratitude to Ann Russo’s Anti Racist Feminism students for embodying transformative justice during a 3 hour #blackfeministbreathingtour workshop last night! Such sincerity and bravery!
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.
— Lucille Clifton (via devilduck)