As we mourn the deaths of those slain in Orlando and remember with sorrow that one year ago today, nine African American people were killed in their house of worship—Mother Emanuel—in Charleston, SC, I am looking for hope. I find it as young activists find their voices. Here is an example, which came in the form of an email I received from artist Genesis Be.
From: Genesis Be
Date: June 17, 2016 at 12:47:13 PM EDT
Friends, I just returned to NYC from Washington DC... its been a whirlwind of a week.
Called upon by Quantico actress Aunjanue Ellis (The Help, Birth of a Nation, Book of Negroes, Undercover Brotha)... I was able to share my thoughts regarding the Nations struggle with racism, compassion and reconciliation. In the wake of the devastating tragedy in Orlando, I'm blessed to have a platform to speak out against intolerance and maaaaannn, I hope we made an impact. Aunjanue, from Mississippi as well, enlisted the help of Congressmen/women, Prof. Michael E. Dyson, community leaders and youth (Buses of College & highschool students from Mississippi rode 16 hours to join us for the Rally in DC to remove the Confederate Emblem from the MS State Flag.)
I've never experienced anything like it, so powerful... I was able to perform too. Honestly, I haven't really been able to digest it yet. Recent threats of violence I received from my protest in April, have not deterred me. We will KEEP GOING and fight until I see Unity & Respect from Leadership and Politicians in the State of Mississippi.
Anyway, here are the interviews I participate in. Take a look and share if you agree with our message...
Blessings xoxo. G.Be