Black History Bootcamp

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Recently, I registered for an online class entitled Black History Bootcamp. It comes in daily and is geared primarily to women and even more so to Black women in an attempt to give them more background on their worldview and also to provide Black female role models and heroines. For me, it allows me to gain more insights and understandings of the world in which I live and relate to and connect with Black women. The story below was part of one of the lessons one week, and it seemed fitting to share:

On the night that Gwendolyn Brooks learned that she would become the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, she was sitting in her living room on the Southside of Chicago with her nine-year old son in the dark because the light bill had not been paid. By morning word had spread. A 32-year-old Black girl genius had secured the highest literary award in the land. Reporters descended on Gwendolyn’s home and as they came, she sat petrified, not wanting to reveal to the journalist and cameraman that they would have no place to plug in their equipment.

But when one of them came into the house and flipped on the switch without her knowing, the lights came on! Someone had gone down to the light company and paid the bill in full.

Somebody in this world right now needs to hear this story. Somebody needs to be reminded that it is darkest before dawn. Somebody needs to be reminded that there is hope all around.

“We are each other’s harvest;
we are each other’s business;
we are each other’s magnitude and bond!”

Many of our blogs these days have reminded us of the need to have hope. We are quick to say our hope comes from God, but how does God show us that hope? Through other people? This month we celebrated the feast of Teresa of Avila who wrote that Christ has no body, no feet, no hands, no voice but ours. From thence shall come our hope!

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10 responses to “Black History Bootcamp

  1. Thanks for this great reflection and story, as well as the new online suggestion!
    The story was a reminder of the “On Time God” who is always present especially in those times of darkness and uncertainty. A good reminder for our times. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for sharing this inspirational story. It reminds me of something Mother Theresa once said. “Do small things with great love.” We can all be a force for good and change in this world.

  3. Thanks Pat, for this great reflection and story, as well as the new online suggestion!
    The story was a reminder of the “On Time God” who is always present especially in those times of darkness and uncertainty. A good reminder for our times. Thank you.

  4. Thanks Pat for this reflection. It reminds me I can take actions that can bring hope to others. And hope to me!

  5. Dear Sr. Pat, Thanks for this brief but important message. It reminds me of when we say “Someone should do something about this problem,” and then remember that maybe that someone is me.

  6. Hope & trust are the gifts we have been given. I believe there are moral souls in our country who respond. they need to hear the message.

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