NAMI NC 2020 Virtual Conference
Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” was an inspiration to us in establishing our Conference theme this challenging year. While written about the eternal fight of women and slavery, it really reads as a signature piece to encourage all who may struggle with obstacles and are determined not to give up. “You may write me down in history/ With your bitter, twisted lies/ You may tread me in the very direct/ But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
And Still I Rise is a hopeful theme that will encapsulate all who may face injustice. In particular, challenges associated with mental illness, and the determination to not give up, and finding a way to thrive – regardless of society’s stigmas and current shortcomings.