In light of Mike Brown's death and the recent decision by the Ferguson prosecutor not to indict, I stand in solidarity with those of us who hope for a society that is fair and just to all people. I stand with those who uphold the intrinsic value of ALL human life. All life matters, and while the evils of racism, sexism and other forms of prejudice and hate seek to devalue the worth of some people's lives, with this post I celebrate life and the value of black lives.
This post was inspired by the #blacklivesmatter socialmedia hashtag. Here are five great reminders that your life matters!
“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company?" Zora Neale Hurtson
“Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." Maya Angelou
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela
“God made no mistakes when He created you. You were uniquely designed for success in your purpose. When you align your life with your strengths—those innate qualities you were gifted with—you will tap into a level of grace that empowers you to achieve things you could never accomplish in your strength alone.” Valorie Burton