t’s a strange time in America and across the globe. While we are mourning so many lives lost to this novel virus, the number of jobs lost and businesses struggling to survive, while we clean up after natural disasters and find glimmers of hope, we are also being confronted with the realities that stubbornly stay interwoven in our society. Across this nation, and in many of our communities, people are outraged. People of all colors are coming together to say ENOUGH. It’s been more than 55 years since the Civil Rights Act was passed. We’ve elected an African American President to two terms in office. Yes, there has been progress, but there is still a long way to go.
Much of the journey starts with active listening.
Here are 10 quotes from previous FACES of StyleBlueprint*, all women of color. Each quote seems especially poignant with the lens of the last week filtering our view.
What does being an activist mean to you?
T. Marie King, Head of Local Voices Network Birmingham: I see my style of activism as being an influencer but also a connector. I’m not saying I have a lot of power, but I do feel like I have a level of influence. I’m at tables where I can have conversations and say “I’m seeing this happen in this community,” or “I’m seeing this at this school. What can we do to adjust that?” I’m able to have the ear of people who can make those changes or decisions.
I’m a connector in the sense of being able to connect people to resources or opportunities that they may not have