Just before you die, will you shout something like, "Give me liberty or give me death?" Okay, maybe that's too dramatic, too broad. Well, how about "Lord, please watch over my family and community, when I'm gone?" Or "Lord, thank you for helping Black folk to survive this cold new land they call America. Help us to save our soul by releasing from our heart the hatred against those who who hurt us here. And, Lord, help us to be better Americans without losing our identity as a people. Amen."
The daddy is wondering about this, because he's meditating on the John Brown's revolt (one of my heroes?), about the great Frederick Douglas agreeing with John Brown in principle but warning him that it would not work.
The daddy is thinking not so much about leaders like John Brown so much as his courageous followers, many of them slaves who decided to unite with their white brother (John Brown) to revolt, to spur the end of slavery, to step onto the stage of history and play their part in ridding our great country of slavery, odds be damned.
The daddy is wondering, "How we regular folk act, what will we say when we "come to the end of the road?"
Want a good example? Then then check this out. December 16th is the date of the hanging of two of the five men who joined John Brown's in the raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859: Shields Green and John Anthony Copeland.
What will you say before you die? What will it say about the life you lived?