Today was a first…I protested with my family, and it was an emotional and proud moment in my life
It was in support of the Toronto chapter of BLACK LIVES MATTER Movement
Sistas, Brothas, Dads, Moms, Friends, Families, Straight, Gay, Black, White, Asians, Native Canadians..ALL DIVERSITIES, walked in solidarity to bring attention to racial profiling, and deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.
Most recently in the news, the horrific deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. We also marched firmly against the decision to not indict either police of their crime
The protest began at City Hall as we proudly and peacefully, walked along Yonge Street to the infamous Dundas Square
It was attended by several 100 supporters, chanting simultaneously “No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police”…the energy was strong. We were ONE.
I felt the spirit of my ancestors from long ago, who marched, sang and spoke against racism and for, freedom and equality
They inspired me to be loud and proud as I took each step with my allies, affirming each word that I roared.
“I Can’t Breath” was shouted hauntingly with the spirit of Eric Garner in our surroundings, and the words “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” reminded me of a statement too often repeated by many black men, each day
All around the world these protest were being seen and heard. Here are stills from NY and WASHINGTON:
A significant moment that will forever last in my memories, was the staging of our 4:30 minute die-in. Hundreds lied down in the middle of the intersection at Dundas and Yonge, surrounded by others holding hands in a circle of support. I had viewed stagings of die-ins in photos but never experienced one in person. It is a powerful symbol representing the truth of a tragic moment. Here’s a still from TORONTO:
What a great feeling to have my family be part of a movement with a purpose, and a powerful message of CHANGE and JUSTICE FOR ALL. BLACK LIVES DO MATTER!
U.S. PHOTOS Courtesy of CNN