Black America Rising

President John F. Kennedy once said “A rising tide lifts all ships.”

Black America is Rising and we are lifting all of America in the process.

In 2014, the trump sounded and a new generation of civil rights movers and shakers enlisted in the war for freedom, justice, and peace. The modern day lynching of members from our beloved communities at the hands of militarized extremists are esoteric lines in the sand. 150 days later organizers, activists, and allies are resisting the violent and oppressive systems of authority with epic direct action and protests. We salute our foot soldiers who sacrificed their bodies, their safety, time with their families over the holidays, and even their livelihood with a War Cry:

“BLACK LIVES MATTER!”

Essence Magazine dedicated their entire February issue to exploring the future of the Black Lives Matter movement. This historic release will be on newsstands Thursday. In a touching letter, Essence’s Editor-In-Chief Vanessa Bush explains why she broke from tradition to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The issue curates essays from thought leaders like the graceful Susan L. Taylor and the riveting Melissa Harris-Perry and Angela Davis to help us determine where the community goes from this point. Such a bold and declarative statement from a reputable black media outlet challenges us all to consider what are we going to do next?

Will Black Lives Matter remain a movement or a moment? All Lives Matter was the moment where the struggle for equality in the promised land of opportunity became a shared experience for all Americans.   The time is now or never for an intergenerational, multi-cultural movement of color that can have a far reach and deep impact. Especially when you consider this year marks the 20th Anniversary of Million Man March (1995), 30 years since the birth of AIDS activism (1985), 40 years since Watergate (1975), and the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Right Act.

We must believe we are the generation of people united that can never been defeated.

Black Lives Matter is a movement. Our generation has been given another opportunity to correct the course.

ARE WE READY TO ANSWER THE CALL OF DUTY?

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