From My Heart to My Daughters and Young Black Women, by Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

with Meriqua Whyte and Daniella Whyte

Dear Daughters & YBW:

These letters are written with a full heart, yea, a heart overflowing. What I mean by that is this: I have shared these thoughts and principles with my daughters for years in the presence of my wife, Meriqua. These letters are addressed first to my daughters, and I am just going to open a vein and bleed these loving truths out to you as well.

As I begin writing this letter, I am reminded of a book title I read some time ago by the famed Southern author, Lewis Grizzard; it read: Elvis is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself. Grizzard’s book title aptly describes my current condition, because you see, I now lie in a hospital bed under observation for chest pains, and, as I dictate this book to my daughter, Daniella, I think of Coretta Scott-King’s funeral to be held tomorrow, and Rosa Parks’ funeral that was held just a few days ago.

I strongly believe that with the passing of these two great women is the passing of an era of great black women. Very few women, black or white, today, carry themselves with such high standards, class and dignity.

I hope that you, young dear sisters, will follow the example of these great women and walk in their footsteps to bring back the standards of old that America so desperately needs.

In order to begin to do that, you have to Let God Touch You, and that is what I will deal with in my next letter.

From My Heart,


P.S.: Throughout this book, I will refer to Young Black Women as “YBW.” The information contained after my letters are some things that you can take with you throughout your life. Instead of calling them P.S.’s, they will be called P.T.’s for “Power-Thoughts.”

P.T. (Power-Thoughts):

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, `I used everything you gave me.'” —Erma Bombeck

BIBLE GEM: “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” —Proverbs 4:13

TALK TO GOD: Lord Jesus, as I read these letters, help me to have an open heart and an open ear to receive Your words of truth and love. Help me to apply all that I read to my life and to be the woman that You want me to be. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

BOOK: A Jewel in His Crown – Rediscovering Your Value as a Woman of Excellence, by Priscilla Shirer