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Prayer Edition | Day 21 | GirlTrek Nation

“Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” — Matthew 18:19-20 Dear Family, You walked with us, you […]

Prayer Edition | Day 20 | Bishop Tutu

We watched him forgive, for all of us. Today, Bishop Tutu is 89 years old and is still changing the moral climate of the world. In 1996, this spiritual titan – who is a survivor of Apartheid – proceeded over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. Together, we listened to gruesome stories of torture and […]

Prayer Edition | Day 19 | The Mandela Family

… A tree was chopped down and the fruit was scattered I cried because I had lost a family the trunk, my father the branches, his support so much the fruit, the wife and children who meant so much to him tasty loving as they should be all on the ground some out of his […]

Prayer Edition | Day 18 | Bob Marley

Many of us know the story of Bob Marley. He was born in St. Ann, Jamaica to a Syrian Jewish man and an African woman. He struggled to find his place in the world. Through that struggle, he found a voice that would help liberate millions around the world. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, […]

Prayer Edition | Day 17 | Malcolm X & The Shabazz Family

“I say this to you, as I say to myself: If Malcolm and his message, so strong, so bright and so pure, was too good for those of us who have already reached manhood, there is a generation who is not yet spoiled, not yet degutted, not yet de-bold, not yet emasculated, who when they […]

Prayer Edition | Day 16 | The King Family

21 million of us may lose healthcare. 21 million. Rather than folding into rage, arguing perspectives, or waxing philosophical, let’s get in the streets. Join us today, for a special edition of Black History Bootcamp to listen to the words of one of the most brilliant political organizers in history. Dr. King called us to […]

Prayer Edition | Day 15 | Stevie Wonder

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit” says the Lord. – Zechariah 4:6 Many of you are lacking strength right now. Many of you are in a place of weariness and feeling battered by the battle, but don’t give up! We’re coming on today’s walk to remind you of where your power […]

Prayer Edition | Day 14 | Richard Allen

Our lives are boundless. I know it. I pray that we break free of the bondage of limiting thoughts. And dream of all possibilities …of our highest callings. Divine assignments. Wildest, most audacious dreams. “I’m calling you higher. There is more that I require of thee. Will your heart and soul say yes? I’m calling […]

Prayer Edition | Day 13 | Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray

ProphecyI sing of a new AmericanSeparate from all others,Yet enlarged and diminished by all others.I am the child of kings and serfs, freemen and slaves,Having neither superiors nor inferiors,Progeny of all colors, all cultures, all systems, all beliefs.I have been enslaved, yet my spirit is unbound.I have been cast aside, but I sparkle in the […]

Prayer Edition | Day 12 | The Coltranes

I listened to John Coltrane all night …and woke up singing the old gospel song, “I Hasten to His Throne.” I didn’t fully understand the connection until now. Isn’t that what this is all about? Hastening to what is greater? Spiritual Warriors of the Day: For John Coltrane, it was at his lowest moment, in […]

Prayer Edition | Day 11 | Thomas Dorsey

Precious Lord, take my hand. Be with me this week as I walk in my purpose. Show me where I’ve lost expectancy. Deal with the places in my life where I’ve settled, gotten off track, or completely lost my way. Help me to trust your promises. Teach me to walk with wisdom and discernment. I […]

Prayer Edition | Day 10 | Jesse Owens

You have to see yourself winning. Everybody’s got that cousin… a cousin who is funnier than Eddie Murphy, one who can jump higher than Michael Jordan or that one who – with just a little coaching and education – could be the next Obama. Let’s agree to agree, we’re blessed. Genius abounds at Black family […]

Prayer Edition | Day 9 | Gwendolyn Brooks

On the night that Gwendolyn Brooks learned that she would become the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, she was sitting in her living room on the Southside of Chicago with her nine-year-old son in the dark because the light bill hadn’t been paid. By morning word had spread. A 32-year-old Black girl […]

Prayer Edition | Day 8 | Maya Angelou Ft. Oprah Winfrey

“When I try to describe myself to God I say, ‘Lord, remember me? Black? Female? Six-foot tall? The writer?’ And I almost always get God’s attention.” God gave Maya Angelou more than attention. God gave her a voice – a voice to break the silence, to sing calypso, to demand justice, to define excellence, to […]

Prayer Edition | Day 7 | Ntozake Shange

“I was missing somethingsomething so importantsomething promiseda laying on of handsfingers near my foreheadstrongcoolmovingmaking me wholesense pureall the gods coming into melaying me open to myselfI was missing somethingsomething promisedsomething freea laying on of handsI know bout/laying on bodies/laying outta manbringing him all of my fleshy self & some of my pleasurebeing taken full eager […]

Prayer Edition | Day 6 | Tina Turner

What if you stopped performing? What would that look like? What would it feel like? …to live your creed, to walk your walk, to sing your song – not for others, not for their applause or approval. Not to avoid pain or earn love – but because you were following your bliss. What if you […]

Prayer Edition | Day 5 | Colin Kaepernick

God give us a boldness that allows us to risk it all for the things we believe in. Let us walk with a spirit of courage. Let your love cast out the fear that has held us hostage for too long. Build our confidence so that in this season of reckoning, we can show up […]

Prayer Edition | Day 4 | Diamond Reynolds

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 I saw a beautiful photo story about Diamond. The artist said that cinema has to do a better job showing the tenderness of Black lives. I thought about it and […]

Prayer Edition | Day 3 | Anita Hill

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18: 21 Let today’s walk give you the courage that you need to say the hard things that need to be said. To whoever it needs to be said to. Even if it’s not […]

Prayer Edition | Day 2 | Cori Bush

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” – Galatians 6:9 Someone right now is thinking about giving up. Don’t. Today’s walk is for you. A reminder that you may suffer many defeats, but you are not defeated. It’s time to […]

Prayer Edition | Day 1 | Ieshia Evans

I need you to take a posture of total victory. On July 9, 2016, a balmy morning in Baton Rouge, a 35-year-old nurse inspired the world. Ieshia Evans had watched Alton Sterling’s murder on the news from her home in Philadelphia. She’d never attended a protest before. It didn’t matter. Alton Sterling’s death came on […]

Prayer Edition | The Intro | Prayer for a Million

We need a ram in the bush. We need you. For 21-days we will tell the stories of women who, out of the necessity of living in a world where Black women matter least, found ways to conjure up joy, shape lives full of purpose, and resist the forces of oppression. These are the Black […]

Prayer Edition | The Prelude | Prayer Edition Welcome

Welcome to Bootcamp 3.0. The remix. The Prayer Edition. The “we will win.” The “way out of no way.” The blessed oil. The Amen and the Ashe. The Black girls’ guide to spiritual jujitsu. The stress protest and all-out street revival to heal our bodies and take back our territory. My soul says yes! Listen… […]

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