I'm thrilled to share T. Marie King's words here. I met Marie soon after we moved to Crestwood and have followed her work throughout the years. She works so hard to fulfill her mission and is a legit changemaker. One of her upcoming events that people in Birmingham might be interested in is a community forum on juvenile justice reform. Here are the details: The Alabama Youth Justice Coalition invites you to a conversation about juvenile justice reform in Alabama. This legislative session, our state representatives are debating a bill to reform the juvenile justice system. Come learn about what you can do to help shape a juvenile justice system that better serves Alabama children, families, and communities. THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 6:30-8 pm Beloved Community Church 131 41st St S Birmingham, AL 35222 REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED.
And here are Marie's answers to the five Story Cures Interview questions:
1. What's something you've read recently that has stayed with you?
This quote by John Adams' has stayed with me over the past few weeks.
“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
When I think about where we are currently in the world and specifically our nation this quote rings true. Too often people fight and work towards acquiring power when they lack the character to truly serve the public. People claim to do work under the umbrella of God yet they twist his words to accommodate their personal ambition. Far too often what we begin to see is that person who has fought so hard to acquire power is, in fact, the weak one. We have to do better as a society.
2. What's one of your favorite writing prompts?
I actually do not have a favorite writing prompt but I receive inspiration from everywhere. Early 2017 I won front row tickets to see my shero Vanessa Williams in concert and I wrote a weeks worth of inspirational posts based off of the experience. I more so open myself up for revelations. What is it that God is trying to teach me, teach others or that he wants me to acknowledge, that is the prompt that I am looking for daily. I know that my activism work has less to do with me and more to do with the liberation of others, therefore I want to share what he wants me to.
3. Why do you think it's important for us to nurture our creativity?
I believe that our creativity is as unique as our DNA. How we see the world, how we make decisions, how we choose to dress or even the music that we listen to is an expression of our creativity. There are some whose creativity is more musical, artistic or even dramatic whereas another's creativity may come through healing or teaching children. We have to create space to release, express and recharge our personal creativity. I am a television and film junky. A true marathon couch potato but watching television and films recharges me in a way nothing else can. When I am exhausted from the activist life I have to decompress with a film or by binge-watching television. I get the best ideas then. I have some of the most amazing revelations watching a film but that is one of the ways that God speaks to me. Everyone needs to identify what aids their creative soul in breathing and incorporate that activity into their routine.
4. Where have you noticed grace recently?
I notice grace everywhere. I see it in kids, in seniors, in my grandmother and even in those that do wrong. I know that we are all dependent on the grace of God first. Yet we are also dependent on the grace of others. I do my best to always extend grace to others because there will come a day when I am in need of the grace of another.
5. What are your thoughts on any connections you notice between reading, writing, creativity, and/or grace?
The connection between reading, writing, creativity is words. As a Christian, I believe that we live in a world that was created by words and words are powerful. I believe that we can have what we say. I so believe that I am very particular about what I allow people to say around me. You can speak doom over your life if you want to but you will not speak it over mine. People should be more mindful of what they say about their life. If you say that you are and will never have anything that will soon manifest in your life. However, if you speak greatness and life that is what you will experience. You don't have to be a Christian to understand the power of words.
Activist T. Marie King's work focuses on empowering people and creating spaces where peace and healing can take place. Through T. Marie's organization, Strategic Community Alliance, she travels leading seminars on understanding personal bias and how to go into communities of color. She is currently touring her interactive lecture about her participation in the 2015 NPS commemorative walking classroom celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march. She holds a BA in Urban and Global Economic Development, MA in Leadership and Masters of Divinity. She serves on the boards of Aldridge Repertory Theatre and Community Care Development Network.