DISCLAIMER: THERE ARE NO EXPERTS HERE

I majored in psychology. And although I’ve been involved in racial reconciliation work and ministry, personally and professionally, for a number of years, I took exactly one Africana studies class and one African history class in college. That is the extent of my formal, academic, I-have-any-qualifications-to-write-about-this-topic training.

I am no expert.

And despite all that, here I am. Because my guess is you aren’t an expert either…

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LOVE ALWAYS, MAMA

Dear Elliot,

My dear boy. I knew for a long time that I wanted to be a mom, but I never knew how much I would love being YOUR mom. Almost 5 months in, I can already tell how sweet and silly and thoughtful and interested in the world around you you are.

I was in labor for over 60 hours and when you were finally born, I was exhausted in every way possible. There are two moments I won’t ever forget that occurred immediately after you were born: hearing Dad announce “It’s a boy!” (which I had been pretty convinced of even though we hadn’t found out beforehand), and the doctor telling me how beautiful the color of your skin was.

You were born on August 18th, the same day that the National Guard arrived in Ferguson, Missouri….

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