Dear Black Woman,

I love you, in times of turmoil I see you rise above it all.

I love you, in times of success I see you applaud it all.

I love you, in times of patience I see you calmly praying.

I love you, in times of action I see you fiercely fighting.

Today’s Mission:

Love your entire self, the part that yearns for intimacy, the side that demands respect, the parts that yearn to lead, the portions that need to follow. Love your pieces all together. It is your bigger picture!

Family’s first, and that’s what matters most. We realize that our love goes deeper than the tennis game. -Serena Williams

Born Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981)

Native to Saginaw, Michigan she turned pro in October of 1995.

She moved to Compton,California as a youth.

Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. Her 39 major titles puts her joint-third on the all-time list and second in the Open Era: 23 in singles, 14 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles. She is the most recent female player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15) and the third player to achieve this twice, after Rod Laver and Graf. She is also the most recent player to have won a Grand Slam title on each surface (hard, clay and grass) in one calendar year. She is also, together with her sister Venus, the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles simultaneously (2009–10).

Serena is the epitome of GREATNESS personified and DOMINANCE embodied. She is everything the black woman is and continues to be.

As ALTHEA GIBSON was the first black woman to hoist a Grand Slam, Serena was the predecessor who has literally become synonymous with it. The limits and strength of Black Women are unmatched.