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Resilience

re·sil·ience (noun) 1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. 2.  the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. Black grandmothers have a lot to teach us about life in general, and about resilience in particular. They are lauded for their resilience amidst seemingly insurmountable circumstances. Somehow they make it through. Resilience unpacks how black grandmothers “get” and “got over.” It captures the strategies black grandmothers use to propel themselves and their families forward. Resilience is an honest portrayal of how black grandmothers respond to the challenges they face. What so many do is short of miraculous.

RESILIENCE: LEAD BY EXAMPLE
2 years ago

RESILIENCE: LEAD BY EXAMPLE

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70-year-old Lorraine Bates protests in support of Black Lives Matter and racist remarks by mayor Hal Marx of Petal, MS. When she was targeted and arrested for protesting, they protested …
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RESILIENCE: STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN
2 years ago

RESILIENCE: STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN

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70-year-old Lorraine Bates protests in support of Black Lives Matter and racist remarks by mayor Hal Marx of Petal, MS.

 

RESILIENCE: LIVE YOUR PURPOSE
2 years ago

RESILIENCE: LIVE YOUR PURPOSE

By  •  Resilience

The quilter Rosie Lee Tompkins felt she was an instrument of God and saw her work as an expression of her faith and his designs. She is noted for saying, …
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RESILIENCE: NEVER NEVER GIVE UP!
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: NEVER NEVER GIVE UP!

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Naima Mora’s great-grandmother, Mary Carson Catlett (Elizabeth Catlett’s mother) and great-grandfather John Catlett valued and stressed education. John Catlett was a professor at the Tuskegee Institute. Mary (pictured with her …
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RESILIENCE: CULTIVATE RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: CULTIVATE RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

Resilience is cultivating religious/spiritual practices. They give you something bigger than yourself to believe in and to rely upon.  Not to mention, provide a sense of wonder and magic. Loreli Warren …
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RESILIENCE: STRIVE FOR BLACK EXCELLENCE
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: STRIVE FOR BLACK EXCELLENCE

By  •  Work, Resilience

Resilience is always giving it your best. Erica Haynes-Ferguson’s great-grandmother, Dr. Annie Lee Richardson (March 13, 1918) passed down to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren the motto: “Good, better, best never let …
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RESILIENCE: DELIGHT IN THE LAUGHTER OF CHILDREN
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: DELIGHT IN THE LAUGHTER OF CHILDREN

Resilience is appreciating the small things, especially the contagious laughter of children.

Kelly’s association of the sound of laughter with being a grandmother reminds me of something that Nelson Mandela …
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RESILIENCE: LIVE YOUR PRIORITIES
5 years ago

RESILIENCE: LIVE YOUR PRIORITIES

Resilience is identifying and living your priorities.

“I learned something about the importance of living close to your children and your grandchildren and to make that relationship a priority in …
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RESILIENCE: LOVE FAMILY!
5 years ago

RESILIENCE: LOVE FAMILY!

Resilience is loving family, “irregardless” as the old folks say.

Duane Lawrence’s grandmother, Granny Ivy, speaking at their last family reunion. It was July 24, 2015. She was 97.


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RESILIENCE: Something Or Someone Put the Stars, the Moon, the Sun in the Sky
5 years ago

RESILIENCE: Something Or Someone Put the Stars, the Moon, the Sun in the Sky

Resilience is a belief in something bigger than you, in the world unseen, and in the spirit realm.

“As far as a God, I tell them that there is a …
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