Honoring Our Ancestors and Elders

Beverly Ragsdale Moses Collier

A Celebration of Wisdom, Resilience and Legacy

In a society that often overlooks the wisdom and experiences of our elders, it is crucial to recognize and honor the invaluable contributions of our Black ancestors and elders. As a 65-year-old African American woman, I have the privilege of witnessing firsthand the remarkable journey of my vibrant 89-year-old mother, Beverly Ragsdale Moses Collier. Her unwavering spirit, resilience, and dedication to our family and community serve as a testament to the strength and determination of our Black elders.

Our Black ancestors endured unimaginable hardships and made significant sacrifices to pave the way for future generations. By honoring our elders, we acknowledge their role in preserving our cultural heritage. Through their stories, they pass down the rich tapestry of our history, ensuring that our traditions and values remain alive. As we gather around our elders, we create a space for intergenerational dialogue, fostering a deep sense of belonging and understanding.

In today’s fast-paced digital world, it is easy to become disconnected from our roots and the wisdom of our elders. However, by actively engaging with our elders, we bridge the generational gap and gain invaluable insights. My mother, Beverly, exemplifies this connection through her mastery of social media. She effortlessly navigates the digital landscape, reminding us that age is not a barrier to staying connected in the modern world. By embracing technology, our elders continue to contribute to our communities, inspiring younger generations to do the same.

It is disheartening to witness the lack of respect and care shown towards elders today. We must challenge these stereotypes and foster a culture of reverence for our elders. By celebrating their achievements, we dismantle negative narratives surrounding aging in the Black community. Our elders have witnessed history unfold and can provide guidance and perspective that can shape our lives for the better.

The love and support of our ancestors and elders have been the foundation of our families for generations. As we gather for birthdays and other milestones, we reinforce the importance of family ties. We must remember that our elders are not burdens to be handled, but treasures to be cherished. Their presence in our lives unites us and reminds us of our true interconnectedness.

Honoring our ancestors and elders is not just about looking back; it is about embracing the future. By valuing their wisdom and experiences, we equip ourselves with the tools to navigate the challenges ahead. Our elders have overcome adversity, fought for our rights, and achieved much success. Their legacy serves as a reminder that we, too, have the power to create positive change and inspire future generations.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us bridge the generational gap, challenge stereotypes, and foster a culture of respect, care, and appreciation for our elders. By doing so, we ensure that their legacy lives on and continues to inspire future generations to thrive in the Black community. Together, let us create a world where the wisdom and contributions of our ancestors and elders are celebrated every day, not just in February.

P.S. Happy birthday mama!

About Cheryle Moses

A creative, storyteller and lover of truth.

View all posts by Cheryle Moses