Celebrating the Day of the African Child!

Celebrating the Day of the African Child!

To the African Child

Find your voice and raise it loud so they hear your accent
and broken English
Don’t be drowned out by stereotypes or limitations
Love your textures and tones, fashioned from the hues
of the adamah
Remember your home, the eve of humanity — the
motherland
Grow up as carefree and innocent children of the Son,
fearfully and wonderfully made
Wrap your hair and wrap your waist in a spectrum of
shapes and colors
As beads line your necks, wrists, and ankles
Stand out in the crowd, do not erase your heritage
Shine bright like the gold from Ophir
When ethnicity rises against ethnicity and kingdom
against kingdom, you,
African child, raise your fist of Revelation and remove
the veil of separation and deception
Lay aside all malice to transverse the borders of tribalism
and nationalism, to survive
African child, come forth like a prince out of Kemet,
stretch forth your handsout of Cush, be glad, oh
daughters, sing forth Yehudah
For African child your time has come
African child your future is here!
Dance before Yahweh, feel the warmth of the Son, let
the Spirit move upon you, let the wind blow new life into
you
Flow like the waters of the Nile, stand tall like Mount
Kilimanjaro
African child, let them admire your ancient beauty, be
thou endowed with wisdom, walk in grace, and run with
purpose
This is your day;
This is your redemption;
Your salvation is realized.
Be resurrected from oppression and the grave:
AFRICAN CHILD, ARISE!

By: Olympia Jarboe

 


 

“It’s not a nice-to-have – it’s a must-have.
It’s time we stop treating child care as a
side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it
like the national economic priority that it
is for all of us”

By: Barack Obama

 


 

“One of the ways we can build a better
future for our children is by empowering
them through allowing them to speak up
for themselves. Of course, we as adults
have to guide them and to take the
ultimate responsibility but that is
something quite different from
patronising them. The rights of children
must, importantly, include the right to
be themselves and to talk for themselves”

By: Nelson Mandela

 


 

To every child, I dream of a world where
you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in
peace and be happy.

By: Masala Yousafzai

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