Day 25! SAY IT LOUD! I AM BLACK AND I AM PROUD! Next up on the BLACK GIRL MAGIC series is DR MAYA ANGELOU! ?? Her words could raise the dead and give breath to the lifeless…that is the heart of who Maya is to many of us. I remember reading “The Heart Of A Woman” and thinking…Maya had times in life where she was lost too?! All I see…is STRENGTH! ?? That’s when it dawned on me…my struggles frame who I am. The MAGIC does not just consist of beautiful things…there’s darkness and pain in it too. My pain does not define me but I need not hide from it. It’s how we overcome that makes us shine. This is Maya…from my perspective: In the heart of this woman…lies doubt, love, cries, and hope. The many times I lost my way…I never once worried that I would never get back on track. I was destined to always find my way. So I wrote…first to myself and then to you. In the moments where it seemed I was losing…I was actually growing! ?? How many people can say they lost their soul and came back from it?! If you lose your way…do not fear. Think of all that can be gained in the journey! ?? The HEART OF A BLACK WOMAN is very complex. From her inception…the Black Woman will have to fight to not be discredited, fight to make her presence known, and fight to keep safe, motivated, and educated the nation she gave birth to. Many times she will be on her own…alone…picking up the pieces. But dear Sista, my message to you is…you are not alone. We are all in the struggle with you! Lift your head high and know that no one else could do what you do. No one else could take your place! And even when it seems like you are not wanted…the WORLD needs you. And dear Sista…I’m here to tell you that even when you are heartbroken, disappointed, and discriminated against….YOU WILL ALWAYS SHOW UP FOR YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY, AND THE WORLD! And that…my dear…is the heart of BLACK GIRL MAGIC! ?? #thankyou #mayaangelou #blackgirlmagic #blackhistory ~KJM on Serenity Saturday ?