Just a GRAIN of sand…

Following a trip to Ghana 2019, Melanated Pearl reflects on her transition. Starting at the very beginning. A grain of sand.

I once was a grain of sand. I enjoyed the consistency of the sun and the ocean. I was part of the land and surrounded by millions like me. I was protected. I was valued. I had purpose.

Melanated Pearl  Black Women In beach collecting sand
Melanated Pearl collecting sand from Cape Coast – Elmina Slave Castle 2019


Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it” and also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards while its feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth.

The waves and the winds sing a song of Freedom !

The Land

My ancestors called to me as I walk towards the water. They celebrated my homecoming and when I placed my foot onto the earth I recalled the essence of my beginnings. I once was a grain of sand. I thrived among many. I had purpose. I had value. I had worth. And then…

Melanated Pearl   Black Women In beach in Africa
Melanated Pearl greeting the land.

The transition happened because it was necessary. I once was a GRAIN of SAND, but I was selected to transform, to move, to travel, to change. Without notice I was pick up by someone’s foot. I was separated from the earth. I was place in the water. I became a part of something I only experienced in ~waves. I transitioned individually and collectively and I settled into the water. I once was a grain of sand on the beach in the Motherland. But my transition made me part of the ocean.

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Author: Melanated Pearl

All women, regardless of socioeconomic status or exceptionality, should have access to customized, quality, and equitable educational programs, as well as personal and professional leadership coaching that develops and promotes their competence, confidence and social responsibility. Crystal created Melanated Pearl and the Melanated Pearl Corporation as a pathway for women seeking to become their better SELVES.

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