Sunday Morning in Takoma Park I met up with Coach Lyons and two former teammates Emily and Monica who were also my friends for a protest.
I didn’t know what to expect or what kind of crowd would be there
But upon arriving I was literally stunned and had goosebumps all over when I saw the amount of people that were there. People from every race, children, young adults, adults and even elderly!
To see my neighbors and people I’ve randomly come across in the grocery store all in one spot to Protest, was such a beautiful thing — As I was walking I read signs and heard heard chants
“Black lives matter”
“Say his name! George Floyd”
“Say her name! Brianna Taylor”
“No justice no peace!”
“Black kids lives matter”
“Hey hey ho ho these racist cops they have to GO!”
The spirit of unity was so strong Iike I’ve never felt before. The love and the support of so many to come out to stand fight injustice brought tears to my eyes
To see they care
Seeing it through videos is one thing but to experience it was like no other.
As the walk began we cheered and chanted as loud as we could so that those passing could hear us and those driving by could see and hear us.
We wanted to make sure that Takoma park knew we don’t stand for injustice, we don’t stand racism, and we stand for equality. Black lives matter!
We could hear people cheering us on from the windows of their houses and honks from those driving by
It was so beautiful to see young children starting a chant, showing confidence and standing up and supporting others!
These kids are our future! And to see them at a young age, fighting against whats wrong…
There’s really nothing like it
It’s amazing, it’s inspiring, and it’s beautiful
While walking I saw two children playing, one black and one white, it was beautiful and it made me smile but it also broke my heart knowing that if things don’t change that the little black boy may not have the same opportunity or same respect because of the color of his skin
It made me think of my two children Julian and Jaiden who are 3 years old
To have to possibly face hardships in life simply because they are black
I will NOT be silent
When you’re silent what side are you on?
This protest made me stronger, made me more confident and it made me want to be apart of this movement more than I did before I went
That day was memorable
I gained strength and confidence
The emotion It gave me, remembering the pain and hurt I have felt from oppression and racism…
I shouted chants at the top of my lungs when they died down because:
We CANNOT stop until justice it’s rightfully served
We CANNOT stop until corrupt and racist cops are gone
We CANNOT stop as long as racism against our brothers and sisters exist
And we CANNOT stop until there is peace, love, and equality
Therefore we can NEVER stop fighting
Until it’s about one race
The Human race