FROM THE CONCEPTION OF MANKIND IN THE

    GARDEN OF EDEN UNTIL THIS PRESENT HOUR,

 

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

I'VE BEEN PUSHED ASIDE;

CONSTANTLY DENIED BUT A DREAM

INSIDE WOULD NOT ALLOW

ME TO HIDE...

 

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

I WAS BATHING IN MY FATHER'S COURT AND I

   SAW A CHILD IN A BASKET AND TOOK HIM AS MY

   VERY OWN, I TRAINED HIM AND HE LED FORTH

   A PEOPLE WHO WOULD ONE DAY BE A NATION.

   MY CHILD ANSWERED TO THE VOICE OF JEHOVAH,

   AND GOD CALLED HIM FROM ME TO SET

   A PEOPLE FREE.

 

FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME,

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

I AM NOT AN AFTER THOUGHT

OR A RESULT OF A CURSE,

I AM MORE THAN A STATISTIC.

 

I'VE BEEN PUSHED ASIDE

AND OFTEN DENIED

BUT THE HOPE INSIDE WOULD

NOT LET ME DIE,

 

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

I LATER STOOD BESIDE MOSES AS HIS WIFE.

   I CAME FROM A TRIBE OF MIDIANITES. I WAS THE

   MOTHER OF HIS FIRST BORN. I STOOD BESIDE HIM

   THROUGH THE JOURNEY IN THE WILDERNESS...

 

I WAS IN GOD'S PLAN.

 

I LATER CAME FROM A DISTANT LAND TO HEAR

   OF THE WISDOM OF AN AWESOME MAN. I CAME

   WITH SPICES AND JEWELS AND A CARAVAN.

 

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

I WAS THE QUEEN OF MY NATION, THE RULER

   OF MY PEOPLE.

 

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VITALLY A PART OF

   GOD'S PLAN.

 

I WAS TRODDEN OVER,

PUSHED ASIDE,

BUT A PURPOSE INSIDE

WOULD NOT LET ME DIE.

 

I LATER BORE A SON WHO WOULD ONE DAY HELP

   TO CARRY THE CROSS OF THE ANNOINTED ONE.

 

AS THE YEARS WENT ON I BECAME A SLAVE AND

   BORE 13 CHILDREN THAT WOULD ONE DAY BE

   TAKEN AWAY.

 

A DREAM INSIDE THAT GOD ACTUALLY WOULD

   ABIDE IN ME, CAUSED ME TO PREACH.

 

MY LIFE THREATENED,

PUSHED ASIDE OFTEN DENIED,

BUT MY GOD INSIDE --

WOULD NOT LET ME DIE.

 

I LATER HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD TO LEAD AN

   UNDERGROUND RAILROAD THAT WOULD ONE

   DAY BE THE PASSAGE WAY TO FREEDOM...

 

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

I BORE ANOTHER SON WHO LED A REVOLUTION,

   WHO HAD A DREAM OF EQUALITY THAT ALL

   PEOPLE COULD BE FREE.

 

I HAVE BEEN THE BACKBONE TO THIS NATION

   FROM THE CRIB TO THE WHITE HOUSE, I'VE EVEN

   NURSED YOUR PRESIDENTS.

 

I'VE BORNE CHILDREN AND RETURNED TO THE

   COTTON FIELDS IN THE SAME DAY. I HAVE HELPED

   TO STABILIZE THE ECONOMY OF THIS NATION.

 

I REFUSED TO SIT ON THE BACK OF THE BUS AND

   CAUSED A DEMAND FOR CHANGE. IT RESULTED IN

   ME BEING ABLE TO BE THE FIRST WOMAN TO RUN

   FOR PRESIDENT.

 

NO ONE WOULD GIVE ME PERMISSION TO BE

   BEAUTIFUL, NO ONE GAVE ME PERMISSION TO BE

   SMART, SO I GAVE MYSELF PERMISSION TO BE

   ALL THAT GOD WANTED ME TO BE.

 

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF,

MY FATHER GOD HAS ALWAYS

BELIEVED IN ME.

 

WHEN GOD CREATED ME HE MADE SOMEONE,

   AND HE PLACED HIMSELF INSIDE OF ME. HE

   FOUGHT FOR MY RIGHT TO BE FREE.

 

HE HAS ALWAYS BELIEVED IN ME.

 

I WAS IN HIS PLAN.

 

I'VE HELPED TO FINANCE THE GOSPEL, SCRUBBED

   FLOORS TO SEND MY CHILDREN TO SCHOOL,

   FOUNDED UNIVERSITIES, GONE INTO SPACE,

   AND TAUGHT MY CHILDREN TO BE PROUD OF

   THEIR RACE.

 

I'VE BEEN PUSHED ASIDE,

OFTEN DENIED

BUT MY CREATOR INSIDE

WOULD NOT LET ME HIDE...

 

I ECHO TO THE WORLD, I WANT IT NOISED ABROAD,

 

WHO AMI? …

 

I AM GOD'S BLACK WOMAN!!!