Dr. Maya Angelou
BECAUSE we have forgotten our
our children no longer give us honor.
BECAUSE we have lost the path our
kneeling in perilous undergrowth,
our children cannot find their way.
BECAUSE we have banished the God of
our children cannot pray.
BECAUSE the old wails of our
ancestors have faded beyond our hearing,
our children cannot hear us crying.
BECAUSE we have abandoned our wisdom
of mothering and fathering,
our befuddled children give birth to children
they neither want nor understand.
BECAUSE we have forgotten how to
love, the adversary is within our
gates, an holds us up to the mirror of the world shouting,
"Regard the loveless".
Therefore we pledge to bind
ourselves to one another, to embrace our
lowliest, to keep company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate,
to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to do all good things,
knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters.
We ARE our brothers and sisters.
IN HONOR of those who toiled and
implored God with golden tongues,
and in gratitude to the same God who brought us out of hopeless desolation, we
make this pledge.
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