Last week during Alabama’s Senate election, many stories came out which showed the commitment of individuals in exercising their Constitutional right to vote. But there was one story in particular that touched my heart.
It was the story of a lady, who is an everyday citizen, quiet and unassuming, yet making a tremendous difference in the lives of people in her community. Her name is Perman Hardy. For the past 25 years, this 59 year old former sharecropper has made a difference in Lowndes County, Alabama. What does she do? She drives people to the polls. And this past Tuesday, she drove 50 people, who would have not gotten to vote on that day. Click on the link to see her story. (all quotes in this blog, taken from raw story article) https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/former-sharecropper-spent-most-of-election-day-in-alabama-driving-voters-to-the-polls-and-has-for-the-past-25-years/
She profoundly is making a difference in her corner of the world because she is one of the few, in today’s world, that backs up her words with actions. When asked why she does it, she said, “At the end of the day, it allows me to look myself in the mirror”. How many of us do the same and are pleased with the reflection we see looking back at us? How many of us attempt to make differences in ways that could have an impact? Those impacts do not have to be major, but just a small difference. How many of us have those regrets and thoughts of wishing we had?
Miss Perman Hardy states “Everybody’s got a purpose and God made me a person who goes out and serves the public and serves the community”. What is your purpose? Have you searched the heart of God and waited to hear what His calling is on your life? She did.
This world needs a boatload more of Perman Hardy’s. She believes too many have fought for the right to vote. Too many have paid a high cost for that right. We have but to look back at the struggle for voting rights and those who were denied for so long and that motivates her to get out and help ensure those rights will be exercised.
I challenge each one of us, myself included, to be more like Miss Perman Hardy. She is my hero, reminiscent of Miss Fannie Lou Hamer, both strong women making a difference in their own way.
I believe that never before, since the days of segregation and Jim Crow, has there been a need to fight to ensure the rights of people of color. With the outcome of Tuesday’s Alabama election, I do believe black women are going to be seen as a threat more now than ever, for the world has now seen our power. So as we go forward, I believe we are going to challenged, attacked, and deterred by the powers that be. I believe, and this is vital, that our power has always been in the fact that our matriarchs have been strong women of faith. The power of prayer is not to be underestimated. Whatever avenue you choose in fighting the fight, bathe yourself in prayer, seek God’s direction and boldly go forth. We need foot soldiers to keep on doing the work. If putting people in your car, is not what you are called to do, make phone calls, write your Representatives, send out mailings, attend rallies, or just promote hope. 2018 elections are coming. There is a lot of work to be done. Be a Perman Hardy in your corner of the world and ask yourself what kind of difference can you make. And when you look in the mirror, at the end of the day, be pleased with your reflection and know in your heart that you have done all that you can do.
I was just reading an article before I saw your blog…Here are a couple of paragraphs from it! Nice Blog Post Pam!!!
Women of color represent a growing force in American electoral politics, the impact of which is increasingly being felt in local, state, and federal races across the country. As women, these voters are the fastest-growing segment of the nation’s largest single voting bloc; as women of color, they are the largest and most active segment of people-of-color voters, who are emerging as the country’s majority.
Yet there are challenges to unlocking the force that women-of-color voters represent. Overcoming these challenges will require speaking to the specific and often shared concerns of women of color and addressing the obstacles to their full participation.
Women of color stand to benefit from a democratic process that is more responsive to their needs and receptive to their concerns. Fully unleashing the political power they represent is not merely about picking winners and losers in any given political contest; rather, it is to ensure that their interests are priorities on the policy agenda that shapes the contours of their lives. In this way, women of color will become full participants in the nation’s democracy, ensuring a better public discourse for them, their families, and, ultimately, the country as a whole.
Thanks! Good article. I like the statement, “Fully unleashing the political power black women represent wi not merely about picking winners and losers in any given political contest; rather, it is to ensure that their interests are priorities on the policy agenda that shapes the contours of their lives”. How true that is! I feel it is going to be quite a struggle going forward. But when given one….one have we always done historically? Yet still we rise!!!
I know that my post did not fully address your main point, but I thought it interesting.
It was interesting indeed.
Thank you Dahshi! I always appreciate your feedback!
Perman is such a role model! Small actions make a big impact. We definitely need more women like her!
I agree! And it is not hard to achieve! It takes one at a time to build a momentum.