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  • Writer's pictureAustin Channing Brown

This Joy I Have by Austin Channing Brown

Updated: Feb 17

"Traditionally, the Black community has relied on a spiri­tuality born of hardship and humanity to declare a phrase popularized by gospel-music artist Shirley Caesar, “This joy I have, the world didn’t give it to me, and the world can’t take it away.” This is not to create a monolith of the Black community; I am in no way suggesting that all Black Ameri­cans have found refuge in the gospel of the Christian church. Instead, I mean only to point out a shared, rooted resilience in joy. Contained in this one sentence is a staunch declara­tion that if the world will take from me, it will do so only once, not twice. It cannot have both tragedy and my joy..."

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