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Pitts: Challenged by the hope of my elders

Pitts: Challenged by the hope of my elders

"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Make me want to holler, way they do my life." -- Marvin Gaye

I find myself burdened by the faith of my elders.

They were generations of cooks and farmers, poets and laborers, of porters and housekeepers, soldiers and slaves, and they navigated a very different America. It was an America of signs barring entrance, and torture killings in the town square and how much am I bid for this fetching wench who is sure to bear you a litter of pickaninnies.

Yet somehow, for the most part, they never lost the conviction that this thing called America could be...