Hope Is Finding Our Voice Amidst The Chaos

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1. Faith and hope are tied. Where faith is our belief, hope reflects the actions we take. May our hope continue to give us the courage to fight anti-Blackness.

Hope Is Finding Our Voice Amidst The Chaos
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In our fight for liberation, having hope doesn’t mean we only believe anti-Black systems will improve. It means we believe we’ll find ways to dismantle these systems. 

“Hope” is us taking action

”If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.” - Matthew 17:20.

Our faith and hope are tied. Where the mustard seed represents our faith, our hope is us physically moving the metaphoric “mountain” that is anti-Blackness. 

“Hope” pushed enslaved Africans to seek freedom. “Hope” gave Fannie Lou Hamer the courage to question anti-Black voting laws and policies.  

After MLKs death, MLK’s former strategist Wyatt Tee Walker encouraged our community to “embrace hope even in the face of despair.”

As we witness mass genocide worldwide, it is understandable that we’re experiencing grief, rage, and are spiritually drained. Bearing witness to atrocities can feel hopeless because this makes us feel powerless and alone. 

Which is why hope is one of the most revolutionary things we can practice. 

On days where the world troubles us, hope reminds us we have the ability to act. 

Hope lives in our every protest, fight, petition, march, unionization, manifestation, and prayer. 

What do futures rooted in hope look like? Think of the mountains we’ll move. 

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