What's a Black Girl To Say?
Today was the day that my baby was born.
No, not a human child, but my baby. Dear Black Girl started as a dream that my best friends pushed me to pursue. It started as a prayer for God to help me love myself. It started as a me thing. Today proved that this is not a me thing.
This is a thing that is needed so desperately. It is amazing how God will use your burden to be a blessing to others. It is awesome how His love takes you further than you imagine.
Thank you just does not seem like enough. I tried responding to Facebook posts, text messages, cards and everything else, but it just does not seem to be sufficient. My support system is outstanding, my family the best, and my friends the most loving people in this world. So, when you have the event of your dreams, and the support of hundreds of people, what's a black girl to say?
I say this: none of this would have been possible without you. I would not be who I am, and DBG would not go where it is going without you trusting in me, and believing in the vision.
Today proved that this movement is necessary. Today proved that black women and girls everywhere are looking for someone and something to hold on to, something to show them that they are worth it, capable, and everything they need to be everything they want to be.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude, love, and joy about where this movement is going. It's going to take me a while to get to everyone and say the thank yous that I want to give, but they are coming. Today was the epitome of what love is and does.
I only pray that Dear Black Girl: A Collective Love Letter, Inc. will be able to return that love to all of you.
I am overwhelmed with gratitude, and excited about this movement. Thank you.
To my board, sponsors, and partners, thank you! Each and every one of you made today, and the future of DBG possible.
To my family: I truly believe that I have the most amazing family on this earth. You all take it and run with it; you give me the freedom to leap, because I know that if I miss my step you will catch me.
Mommy, I have cried all day because of how thoughtful, supportive, helpful, encouraging and right-there you always are. Where would I be without you? Who would I be without you? It's easy: nowhere and no one. You and God are my reasons.
Alright, y'all! Let's make this thing move! You ready?