Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Special Tribute To All Black Women Throughout The African Diaspora

Cleveland, Mississippi
March 11, 2011
Special Report

The poem by Ronald B. Saunders titled A Special Tribute To Black, Colored, Negro and African American women is a great dynamic moving literary work about strong Black women.


All of you Black women are so beautiful, intelligent and bright,
Why some of you be so uptight?

Black women are the heart and soul of our foundation,
Continually assuring us of a great secure nation.

You come in all colors Blue Black, Ebony, Jet Black, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Tan, Coffee, Carmel, Brown, Chocolate, Light Tan, Copper, Red Bone, Beige, Yellow, Dirty Yellow, High Yellow, Olive and even Pale White,
And there you sit with all your might

For you have been in the forefront in our struggles for Freedom, Justice, Liberation and the fight
For all of our civil and human rights

Your strength, courage and pride are an outstanding example
For all the human race,
Even though at times a few of you maintain a perpetual frown on your face.

Your accomplishments, achievements and inventions are many
In this world of plenty

For the Creator has blessed and watched over you since
The beginning of time
Even when you didn't even  have a nickle or a doggone dime
Jump on board for the Lord
You should have no fear
Because he is always near

Indeed we have beautiful sisters like Eve, Zipporah, Queen Nefertiti, Queen Nefertari, Queen Zenobia, Queen of Sheba, Queen N'Zinga, Queen Judith of Ethiopia, Cleopatra VII, Queen Candace Empress of Ethiopia, Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Amina, Queen Kahina, the Virgin Mary, The Black Madonnas,   Ella Baker, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida Wells Barnett, Georginia Rosa Simpson, Sadie T. Mozell, Eva B. Dykes, Mary McLeod Bethune, Marion Anderson, Leontyne Price, Phyllis Wheatley, Daisy Bates, Autherine Lucy, Angela Davis, Rosa Parks, Kathleen Cleaver, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Katherine Dunham, Betty Shabazz, Bessie Coleman, Zora Neal Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maritza Correia, Alison Terry, Sybil Smth, Enith Brigitha,  Dr. Ethel Turner, Dr. Edna McKenzie, Debra Ham, Sylvia Pankhurst,  Coretta Scott King, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Lorraine Hansberry, Yvonne Burke, Barbara Christian, Ruby Dee, Oprah Winfrey, Althea Gibson, Hattie McDaniel, Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Mahalia Jackson, Melissa Lacewell Harris Perry, Cythnia McKinney, Gwendolyn Howze,  Wilma Rudolph, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Sonja Sanchez, Debbie Thomas, Winnie Mandela, Judge Constance Baker Motley, Willie White,  Eleanor Holmes Norton, Lucy Terry, Sylvia Terry, AKA's, Deltas, Zetas, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,  Lani Guinier, Beyonce, Madam Walker, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Dr. Johnetta Cole, Frances Ellen Watkins, Halle Berry, Ethel Waters, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Sylvie Kinigi, Ruth Perry,  Eugenia Charles, Portia Simpson Miller, Anita Hill, Dorothy Dandridge, Vanessa Williams, Elizabeth Catletts, Rachel Robinson, Sade, Jenny Lumet, RuNett Nia Ebo, Rita Dove, Dorothy Height,  Dr. Mae Jemison, Sarah P. Goode, Sarah Boone, Roger Arliner Young, Bessie Blount Griffin, Marie Brown, Annie Easley, Dr. Patricia Bath, Chavonda J. Jacobs, Miriam E. Benjamin, Ursula Burns, Alex Canady, Jewell Plummer Cobb, Angela Ferguson, Evelyn Boyd Granville, Betty Wright Harris, Shirley Ann Jackson, Majorie Stewart Joyner,  Mary Kenner, Annie Turnbo Malone, Mildred Austin Smith,  Valerie Thomas, Jane Cooke Wright, Jean Bryant,  Little Kim, Tamara Tunie, Elaine Brown, Ericka Huggins, Shirley Williams, Dr Francine G. McNairy, Anette Gordon-Reed,  Charlayne Hunter Gault, Sisters of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense, Sharon Pratt Dixon, Fannie Lou Hamer, Anita Baker,  Soledad O'Brien,  Mary Frances Berry, Margaret Burroughs, First Lady Michele Obama, My grandmother Odessa Pearl, My great grandmother Dicie, My great great grand mother Candice, My grandmother Big Mama, My great grandmother Annie, My Aunt Lorraine, All of my Aunts, All of my Cousins, Shari Belafonte, Lonear Heard, Nicole Hammond, Jill Nelson, Long Tall Sally, My nieces, Sister Souljah, Sweet Juicy Lucy, Sister Sadie and the Dragon Lady, and your mother and mine,
Now listen world couldn't you be a little more kind

The pain, agony and suffering
You have been subjected to
Is like climbing the highest mountain,
For the whole world has come to know you
And men from all nations have drunk at your fountain

Your perpetual love has endured for centuries
Like a swift flowing mighty stream
when we make love I hold your soft thick thighs and explore your deep inner soul
while you maintain a perpetual radiant gleam

You have stood by the side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
And Malcolm X Little
And brothers who aren't so famous
Even those who play the banjo and the doggone fiddle

Your beauty and wisdom are found in the ancient Nubian
And Egyptian Queens,
Cushite Princesses and Maidens
And in millions of other sisters who have that certain type of sheen.

For you are the mother of the entire human race
Regardless of your condition of being enslaved and continually raped
Which is still an International disgrace.

When I see the present women of  Accra, Addis Ababa, Charlotte North Carolina, Bermuda,  Athens,  Bombay, Berlin, Botswana, Sydney, Tokoyo, Seoul, Boston, Haifa, Caracas, Helsinki, Libreville, London, Moscow, Dar-Es Salaam, Prague, Paris, Port of Spain, Rabat, Boley Oklahoma, Mound Bayou Mississippi, Cleveland Mississippi, Waycross Georgia, Harlem New York, Wampum PA, Vancouver, Columbia Maryland, Bonn, New Orleans, Copenhagen, Aruba, Martinque, Fryeburg Maine, Wilberforce Ohio, Quebec, Toronto, Freetown, Khartoum, Lagos, Rio and Rome,
I see some of you in them
For you can call the whole world your home
And people from every nation could be your next of kin

Hold your head high my sister and stand tall
Walk beside me and work tirelessly with me before we all fall

By Ronald B. Saunders

* In The Above Picture is my mother on the left Mrs Beatrice L.Saunders Robinson and to the right is her sister-in-law Mrs Clifton Lorraine Brown, who is my aunt. My aunt Lorraine is the baby sister of my father James S. Robinson Jr.
* Mrs Clifton Brown is the sister-in-law of the famous Jazz great Ray Brown, and my mother Mrs Beatrice L. Saunders Robinson was the first African American female in the USA to serve as Treasurer to a national union which was the American Newspaper Guild or Newspaper Guild of America.

* Black African women throughout the Diaspora are one of God's most precious gifts to the America's.

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