Kwanzaa 2020: Day 7: Imani (Faith)

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Imani (ee–MAH–nee) : Faith

To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Imani, meaning faith, as in the single most valuable Kwanzaa principle Black Americans instinctively carry with us daily. The year 2020 has been a year of grave injustices and Black folks heading to the grave prematurely. The disease of systemic racism coupled with the novel coronavirus has left little space for relief.

We have had to rely on the belief that none of these struggles have been in vain. That the advocacy for George Floyd’s, Breonna Taylor’s, Brandon Bernard’s, Nate Woods’s and any other lives lost to the callousness of the American legal system is worthy of a righteous fight for justice.

We have had to believe that a cure for COVID-19 would present itself and disrupt its disproportionate onslaught on our communities. In the Black church, the Hebrews 11:1 scripture on faith is a rallying cry. It says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Black folks have flown on the wings of hope in the face of turbulent skies in America. If we could not Imani our way through 2020, where would we be?

Where would we be?

About the Author

Donney Rose is a poet, essayist, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, advocate, and Chief Content Editor at The North Star. He believes in telling how it is and how it should be