Baltimore Celebrates World Refugee Day at The Walters Art Museum!

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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“Since 1994, 15 million people have had to flee to a new country,” says Martin Ford of the Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees. At least 1,000 refugees come to Baltimore each year.

Once a year, the whole town gets together to party and celebrate! Dance from Sudan and Nepal, Guinea, Congo and Burma!

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Sing from Sudan, Eritra, Kurdistan, and from Syria, you come too! We are all here, immigrants and refugees. Here we all are, dancing for refugees.

SUPER DUPER SHOUT OUT to EVERYONE who helped make BALTIMORE’S WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION #AMAZING!

Children and adult refugees from all over the world performedkid for an audience of new refugees, old and new immigrants, Baltimoreans and guests in celebration of Baltimore World Refugee Day, declared by Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. Baltimore World Refugee Day is on June 20 (which is also my birthday!)

LORD! I DANCED MY SOUL OUT!!THE TALENT WAS INCREDIBLE. Performers represented cultures from around the world.

One of my favorites was Pivot Zotamou, a Guinean youth, who rapped. I thought his lyrics were going to be about the pains of war, death and survival but in fact his poetic verses told the story of a teenage boy’s feelings about GIRLS!

#GoFigure. We’re all the same!


You can help these and yet-to-come survivors feel welcomed in your community by volunteering through International Rescue Committee (IRC) and giving them a ride from the airport, hanging out with them, or just saying, “what’s up.” The IRC serves the refugee population in 22 U.S. cities.

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The Power of Dreams

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Motivational quotes have become my touchstones, along with prayer. They guide me along the journey, constant reminders that life holds a plethora of meanings, and my current reality does not define me.

Henry Thoreau said something that I keep tacked on my refrigerator, and look at from time to time: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” While this all sounds empowering, your pragmatic side may wonder (like mine), how can one break this down concretely, and really live this principle, essentially, embody it?

Well, we must move beyond those barriers erected which prevent us from living our dreams, our truth. In my case, I decided that this morning, I would not allow anyone or anything to prevent me from updating this blog, or writing and reading because these activities are my oxygen. They fuel me mentally, and when I deny myself this outlet, I suffer.

We often think of dreams as having an expiration date, but they do not. Instead dreams are cues, reminders that if we settle for what we do not want, life remains mundane and uninspired.

Each day, I am beginning to push back that inner voice, and sometimes accompanying depression, which says, it’s over for you, give up. There is power in dreams, in awakening to the beauty of our individual gifts and talents, so dream and then act. The world is waiting for us.