By Juliane Okot Bitek.
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we are in the presence of greatness, but this is not a new story – we’ve been bathing in starlight for a long, long time. And these are our stars; these are the women of our time, right here and right now.
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, clichés cannot hold the rays of these women.
Whether we know it or not;
Whether we think we’re lucky or not;
Whether we believe it or not;
Whether we remember, or whether we forgot;
Whether we even understand what it means – we’re in the presence of these women, right here and right now
Barbara Howard, Eleanor Collins, Eve Smith, Marcella King, Thelma Gibson and Jeni LeGon
We, the progeny and descendants of strong women
We, the daughters of frail women who lean in the wind
We, the sons of women who never took no for an answer; we of power, we of nothing
We, the beloved, or not
We, the stung, the heavy ones, and the ones with dancer’s feet and pianist fingers
We’re here; we’re all here, in the presence of these women, here and now
We’re laughing, hugging, crying in some disbelief –we’re here, still, we’re here
We’re holding on, we’re poised, we’re still, still
And we’re silent and in awe
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we have stars among us, stars! We walk as we should but we’re not mesmerized, because we’re emboldened by points of light, we’re crowned, glorious, royal
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we stand in the presence of these women, here and now, whether we know it or not, whether we believe it or not. Whether or not we’ve learned that our blessings flow and can’t be counted on our fingers – we’re here today among these women
Ladies and gentlemen, we stand in glow of brilliance – she’s ours, she’s ours, she’s ours, they all are. We shine, we, the daughters of brilliance are humbled and proud, humbled and proud.
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