A New Momentum

By Robbie Q. Summers
Change… “to replace something with something else that is newer or better; to substitute one thing for another.” Some people fear it or avoid it at all cost. Others have laid down their lives while attempting to secure our nation’s commitment to liberty and justice for all. One thing is for sure Change is inevitable.
Recently I was reading a devotional that spoke of the principles of change. The story was narrated from a teacher-student perspective. The teacher was standing by a large rock in the shape of a wheel. In ancient times it could be used to seal the entrance of a tomb. The teacher encouraged the student to move the stone. After several attempts the stone did not budge. The encouraging teacher suggested one more good push, just a little more, to the exhausted student. With one more push, the stone rolled just a little. The teacher then asked, “what did that show you?” The student responded, “that I am out of shape.”
The teacher replied, “You were seeking to move an object at rest. It was a new action and required new momentum. You had to concentrate all your strength and power into moving it just a few inches into a smaller space to get things moving, a new law of momentum had to be established.” You may ask how this applies to us? Simply said, change means a new action, a new motion, a new direction, a new perspective, a new momentum, a first step.
As I reflect on Black History Month and the vast achievements of African American men and women, it was their first steps that led to their next steps which drove the momentum of innovation and the Civil Rights Movement. Many were unknown and often worked behind the scenes. Black Americans and their like-minded allies walked side by side to end institutionalized systemic racism and discrimination within our nation. They were the change agents of the civil rights movement. Small actions can create big impacts as noted from the timetable of the Civil Rights Movement: 1954: Brown v. Board of Education;1955: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott;1957: The Little Rock Nine and the Little Rock Central High School Integration;1960:The Greensboro Four and the Sit-In Movement;1960: Ruby Bridges and the New Orleans School Integration;1961: Freedom Rides;1963: Birmingham Demonstrations;1963: March on Washington;1964: Civil Rights Act;1965: Assassination of Malcolm X;1965: Selma-Montgomery March;1965: Watts Riots;1966: Black Panther Party founded;1967: Loving v. Virginia;1967: Detroit Riot;1968: Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Like our forerunners of change, focus your energy into the first step and apply the law of new momentum putting everything you have into it, step by step. Becoming change agents of the future by “Getting into good trouble, necessary trouble” -Rep. John Lewis.
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