#WeShallOvercome

#WeShallOvercome
Article reposted from She’Matters GIRLS, Inc’s E-Blast Newsletter feature Dr.
Martin Luther King Day, #WeShallOvercome| Volume 6 | Issue II | January 16, 2017

Today is a day across our nation that we celebrate the man who stood for us when we did not know how to or were too tired or too fed up to stand for ourselves. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and the Civil Rights Movement shield light on the occurrences of the unjust. They helped us as a Nation to see that injustice was not equal and that equality for all was right. Although it is a lesson that some of our Nation refuse to embrace, we are hopeful that one day, their mindsets will change.

As long as our bodies and minds are heavy with the injustices that plague our communities, we shall never be satisfied! The violence that dominates our schools, the injustices that plague our court systems from the corruption and cruelty expressed in our streets, our government and our neighborhoods should and must be stopped! We have a voice and it is our voices that must be heard. There is a difference between radical and intellectually peaceful protest. Change can occur as long as we take the necessary steps to proceed correctly.  We must understand and teach our children the dynamics of local government and begin to voice our concerns at that level.  
 

Yet, before we implement any of this, we must have what is known as an “Uncommon Commitment to our Families.” Parents, we are our children’s first teachers so as their parents, we must understand the need for self-actualization, freedom and their desire to be independent. Remember, we were once their age! However, as parents, we must understand that they NEED more than money to groom, raise and or satisfy them. Nurture them, love them, guide them, be present in their lives, and be there for them, communicate with them daily and share your childhood/teenage experiences with them. Let them see that we are not PERFECT and because we’ve done what they’re doing, we know the potential outcomes. Reassuring our children that no matter what, we love them and will be there for them and then teaching them the dynamics of their government and how to make their voices heard with the stroke of a pen or a face-to-face dialogue, then and only then, will we accomplish the age old saying of #WeShallOvercome!
Today, we understand that some of us may be dealing with pains of a variety of heights. Measures that we, at She’Matters G.I.R.L.S., Inc may never understand. However, we understand with our current political climate, the future for some may not seem so vibrant. Yet, in light of it all, we must remain hopeful that #WeWillOvercome! We encourage you to stay the course. Never give up! Don’t give in. And like Dr. King’s dream, allow your dreams to take you beyond your limits to envision a change. Then work to make that change a reality while making a difference in the lives of others.  L

We hope that in some small way, our words have enlightened and inspired you to make a difference. Happy MLK Day! We pray it was a day of peace and reflection for all! 

With Love,
La Juan Hines-Rome, MS Ed
CEO She’Matters G.I.R.L.S., Inc
Youth Leadership Programs