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Maya Angelou

By Jana Lynne Umipig

“Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.”

-Maya Angelou


Prayers and light of celebration for our ascended Ansister, Maya Angelou. Thinking on life passing through this world, I have been recently contemplating the way in which an individual comes to a heightened place of influence and inspiration in this living. So brilliant in their being that even past their death we feel their shared thoughts, their words, their actions, their spirit elevate us toward our greater potential as human beings. Sister Maya Angelou has time and again risen in graceful, fierce, and courageous spirit to awaken us all, and to demand that we rise up to heal and create a better day for our communities, for our ancestors, and for ourselves. She rises toward the sun today, toward the moon, her being made of stars elevates toward them — and I pay homage to her by rising and taking another blessed day of living as an opportunity to continue steadfast on the path toward liberation and becoming greater in being — that she, among the many ancestors who have given to our freedom that she joins today — paved.

We Rise in Power with you.


“I am the dream my ancestors dreamed
Would free them
And as I realize
How deep
Their struggle lives within me
I realize that also
Their prayers,
and faith
and belief
Of me
Are in me

And I am awaken to how I am ascendant
To all those who will come after
In similar ascension

I see them,
I believe in them,
Like my ancestors
Believed I would rise

And so I rise

With open eyes,
And mind,
And heart ,
And finally see them

For all they were told they were not,
For all I am told I am not,
I free them
As I be me
I free them
As I free me”

– Jana Lynne “JL” Umipig, The Journey of a Brown Girl