The journey to becoming Converge has been an exciting one. When I think back over the past year, I am so proud of what Hamilton, Takema and I have accomplished together. The decision to join forces, combining the Verbena Group with Momentum for Progress, has exceeded our expectations. Collectively we have articulated a vision for our work that speaks to our shared commitment to bringing about a just new world, and we are steadily building a team and a body of work to support those efforts. There are endless ways to contribute to this vision, and if you are reading this blog entry, I assume that you too are accomplices in these efforts.
As I consider my contributions to the world I am excited to be creating many new possibilities to advance healing for – and celebration of – humanity. For those who know me well (or have at least read my bio on this website), you know that my family owns a recreational farm, Foxfire Ranch in Waterford, Mississippi. This land has been in our family since the 1940s during a time when Black landownership in Mississippi was rare. For the past eight years, my parents and sister have served as culture bearers of the Hill Country Blues tradition, hosting Sunday evening blues concerts showcasing this unique musical genre, in addition to providing a gathering place for private events, families and organizations to come together. My vision for Foxfire Ranch is to activate it as a place for artists and cultural organizers, activists, lovers of justice and everyday people to retreat, to learn each other’s stories, to heal, organize and to build collective power. Stay tuned over the coming months as I will be extending various opportunities for many of you to get involved and contribute to the lives and work of others, all while retreating in a place with undeniable magic.
It is within this context that I have decided to release my management responsibilities for the stewardship of Converge into Takema and Hamilton’s capable hands, to continue to build on the strong foundation that we have created together. I will continue to facilitate our processes to expand economic prosperity in New Orleans, and am so inspired by our innovative partners in the public and private sectors who are reimagining what’s possible at the nexus of economic development and economic opportunity in New Orleans. I want to thank each of you for your ongoing support of Converge. Your patronage, advice, wisdom and commitment to justice makes us better every day, and we are so honored to be able to use our gifts, passion and lives to serve those fighting for our collective liberation. I believe that we will win! Now let’s go do just that.