Your journey is yours to own! As we all move onward developing and perfecting our purposes, I encourage you to remember that You are Essential! Our work as African American women is the sum total of many undertakings, I can attest to that. My journey to my own core values has been unexpected, enriching and full of conviction; which is why Sisterlocks was created and remains alive today. Great living examples like King; have challenged us to look inward and courageously reflect our inherent worth revealing what is essential and truly authentic.
I have often asked myself what do I want every person who comes to Sisterlocks to learn? And that would be to be un- afraid to retrieve what the world has tried to deny. Celebrating MLK day 2017 in this way perpetuates his intention for us to thrive and strengthens our commitment to his memory. What a sacrifice he gave to us in living his essence, showing us that societal conflict can only be won by resolving inner conflict. Being unsteady with ourselves breeds instability in the world.
II can say that being involved in beauty
activism and using my voice to win battles in our courts was my contribution to our civic struggles. It has been a labor of love and pride. As King has said many times in his legendary “Mountain Top” speech, “The Promise Land” is in our view. The victory is upon us. Sisterlocks I feel has been that beacon of light that so many women have followed to build a solid foundation. That is the victory lap we all can find joy in every day as we look in the mirror.
Looking back at my early writings, I can recall my first volume of the That Hair Thing that our hair fashion techniques are not really about hair. They are reflections of how we choose to live our lives. King compelled us to be the “Best” at all times and devote our everyday living to excellence. The alignment, balance and precision are what all African hairstyles show us. As I look forward to the years to come, as I look back and see our progress, I do see the many journeys that have become my own. What a blessing to be alive and to have been a part of our evolution back to the essentials, the authenticity of what will always carry us no matter where we go. Happy King Day 2017! Dr.C