The Color Purple is a book, movie and musical that relates the story of a courageous woman, Celie, who overcomes adversity and violence. It is a story of her blossoming through the reclaiming of her body, voice, ability, past, future, family and relationship with G-d on her own terms. Celie’s journey is one of living into her bold statement, which she says at the end of this clip, “I’m here!”
Certain circles within church and society, much like Mister, try to break us with messages that we are not good enough because we are too much this or too little that. However, like Celie, we need to remember and re-member who we are – taking back and owning our power so that we too can proclaim, “I’m here!” How to do this is a message journey many of us are still figuring out – but one thing that experience has taught me is that we can’t do it alone.
Who are the people who help you embrace your inner Celie? What would your Celie moment look like? What would you boldly proclaim to the world?