Updated: Nov 15, 2020
April 16, 1981, we were doing what we had done since the beginning. The photograph is of me and my mother, a seamstress by trade, and prom night ushered in her contribution to society, project hope. I often say there is no greater story-teller than the God we love, and now with so many breakthroughs behind us, I stumble across a photo that says, "before you were formed in your mother's womb..."
I mean, the posture depicts two women walking by faith. In the year 1981, the U.S. Department of Labor reports the median salary for a Black woman at 29, 064. I am no longer a young girl who does not understand financial sacrifice. I was raised in a nurturing home that focused on love; therefore, it reminds me of humble beginnings with so many inspirational women in my life when I see my mother on her knees. The first being she. I am the cloth presented to her by God.
I have been stitched together seam by seam through prayer. April 1981, her lessons to me are almost completed. So, at age fifty-seven, when I see a photograph of my mother on her knees smiling, I recognize her anticipation from a finished seam for the first time. And for a good reason.
She and I both showed up for history milestones; she for the "New Deal," a time for a change for Blacks in search of equality as Blacks exited the Republican party to become Democrats in examining an equitable part in a country attempting to make a comeback. Franklin D. Roosevelt is president.
The rendering of decisions during the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt, by the Supreme Court of the United States, proves interesting as the Justices "modernize the law, to repudiate old doctrines, and to establish new principles and new legal concepts."
I showed up dab in the middle of the civil rights movement. I'm sure it was soon after that I realized being treated differently as an American citizen as injustice, and a desire for change fell in my spirit at a young age. As I notice my mother buckle my shoe in the photograph, I understand better; her sharing with me American history from a perspective of her life was also a challenge for me. My mother's seamstress technique from day one of "gathering stitches" has created me as a novel pattern. When it comes to me, she is an unsung designer.
She has since gone to be with the Lord, but not without leaving me one last source of inspiration: women we can. And it is on that declaration that I journeyed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Welcome to the Lipstick Movement Blog, where I offer opinions as a politically active nurse and a woman engaged on a faith walk. Thursday is the new Ladies Night @ on YouTube, I'm Vlogging. I invite you on a journey to the promise.
Plan of Salvation: Romans 10:9.
"If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
D. Michele Jackson has written two books currently available as eBooks. A memoir titled Amazing Grace: A Tribute to You, The Story of Us written as a tribute to her mother and JOY: Jesus on You a novel based on her experience presenting argument to the United States Supreme Court. Learn more and make purchases @D.MicheleJackson.Com.
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