Am I doing enough? This question has plagued me since the death of Trayvon Martin. I remember my kids and I packing up and heading to Sanford, Florida. That rally forever changed the way I approached issues concerning black lives. I have come to the conclusion that everyone has a role to play in this movement for black lives. Personally, involvement for me means attending and participating at meeting; being more knowledgeable of laws and policies that impact black lives and bringing awareness to them; and voting. In light of the most recent events, maintaining balance is important too. It is so easily to get frustrated, especially when you just want to do something, you just want to be part of the process in some way shape or form.
I am thankful for groups such as Black Lives Matter, The Dream Defenders, St. Petersburg/Tampa for Justice, Color of Change, NAACP and the countless other organizations that are putting in work for black lives. I am also thankful for the various activist and journalist that continue to keep us informed. In particular, I would like to thank Shaun King, Senior Justice Writer for the Daily News, for his relentless attitude and work of documenting the injustices that black people face. Despite daily death threats and attacks in the media, he continues to be committed to the fight for justice and equality.
Volunteering, mentoring, teaching people new skills, participating in boycotts and marches, supporting black owned businesses, sharing any important news or information you feel is helpful towards the movement, are all ways one can get involved. No longer being silent about the plight that black people face in this country is a big first step. Whatever you decide, just know that we are all in this together. Just find your place on the plow, be bold and unapologetic. We are truly standing on the shoulders of giants. We can pull on the energy and strength from our ancestors and this time walk away with total victory.
You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” – Rosa Parks.