Justice For Trayvon Martin

Please take a few minutes and journey with me.
I’m so happy that I decided to be a part of the 100 cities rallies, Justice for Trayvon Martin. And even happier I took my son and his friend with me. The rally was held in downtown Atlanta at the Russell Federal Building. When we arrived we had to park I bit away from the federal building and I wasn’t sure how to get there on foot; but luckily, we met some people in the parking garage and it was obvious we were all heading to the same place (skittles, tea, hoodies) I asked if they knew how to get there and if we could tag a long…of course, was the response, “we are all in this together; let’s go”. And that set the tone for our experience.
There were people everywhere. It was a beautiful site.  I was so excited to see so many come out for such a worthwhile cause. It makes me think, this must have been what it felt like to assemble 60+ years ago. It’s an electric feeling. There are so many emotions flowing through not only my body but the through the crowd. I looked left and saw the passion in those people as they intently listened to the speakers. Then I looked to the right and saw a woman with her hands clasped as if in prayer and tears were welling up in her eyes as she listened to the speaker lay out strategies for change. Then there’s the young black boy standing in front of her, he must be 5 or 6, his eyes are filled with wonder as he looks around at all the hundreds if not thousands people. In front of me there are fists in the air, signifying unity, anger, hope, sadness, and the call for change. Behind me there are signs demanding change, declaring if there is NO JUSTICE there will be NO PEACE. And then there is my 13 y/o and his friend, hoodies on joining in on the chants calling for justice. It’s a beautiful scene.
Skittles and Arizona tea abound; there are hoodies in all colors worn by little girls, little boys, men and women, young and old. Then the skies open up and the rain comes down. However, that does nothing to stall the movement. Prayers by Dr. Kings daughter Bernice are fervent and purposeful and just like that…the rains stops and the crowd erupts with praise and thanks and soon turns into chants that demand change and justice. It’s so amazing!!!  I am in awe of it all. We are wet and hot but throughout the crowd you hear that’s not enough to make us disband. The posters and signs are again held high throughout the crowd. Some are now standing in water that is at least 6-7 inches high, but they still they stand unmoved. To me it’s symbolic, standing through the storm, standing for justice, standing in spite of, because it’s what we have done and will continue to do, STAND.
So many organizations are represented, National Action Network, Southern  Christian Leadership Conference, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, just to name a few. There were opportunities to join these organizations are well as voter registration.  Awesome! This is where change begins at the ballot box. If you are not registered, please do so. If you have family and friends who are not, encourage them to register.  If you have had any changes in name or address, you need to update your information ASAP! And don’t just vote in the presidential election, vote EACH and EVERYTIME there is an election. Take some time and research the candidates, go see them speak; educate yourselves on the needs of your community, and who can best meet those needs. We need people in office who have our best interest at heart; someone who at the very least has the potential to care about our kids. We need someone who can start to bring balance where there is imbalance, justice where there is injustice.
There is speaker after speaker, some quiet and thoughtful in their delivery, others animated and demanding. Each evokes a different emotion, a different rhythm. I look at my child and can see the wheels are turning; I’m loving this. I feel inspired, I feel energized, I feel motivated, I feel connected, and I feel the call to action. We CAN effect change like those that came before us, IF we keep these feelings alive, I know I’m not the only one feeling like this; if we turn these feelings into actions; if we make those actions consistent; and if those action are unified, a change will come.
Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight
What do we want?
When do we want it?
Get involved, get inspired, get up and do something!