|Original Photo taken by +Sean Welsh at the +Baltimore Sun, Graphics by Kyla Thompson|
You are loved. No one can truly understand your pain, but it is respected. The aggression and anger that has filled your heart has reached it’s peak, and it is now time to begin healing.
There is so much pain in the city, and you deserve the right to express yourself. You deserve the right to pray, cry, yell, fight, march…You deserve to be heard. I see the pain in the youth filled with miss-guided anger. I hear it at night as the police helicopters make circles in the air trying to restore some sort of peace. I feel it in the newscasters voice when he has to report on his own neighborhood burning. This city can no-longer bottle it in, and today, although it may not seem like it, it is the turning point.
This city is united in ways that no one ever thought could happen. The clergy, the gang members, the city’s representatives, the youth, the parents, the elderly, the business owners — the community has united to fight for you. Your pain will not go in vain, it will start the conversation that will lead to the change you yearn to have.
We will fight for you, and you will heal. Baltimore will thrive.
On the eve of +Coretta Scott King‘s birthday, Baltimore broke out in a riot and that this very moment the steps she took during the Civil Right Era are being done today in Baltimore — protest, marches, riots, peaceful gatherings — all done following the death of +Freddie Gray.
In the words of Mrs. King:
“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.”
Keeping reading to see my highlights from Baltimore…
- Live from the classroom, my students speak
- +DeRay Mckesson on +CNN with Wolfe Blitzer
- +President Obama thoughts on Baltimore
- Councilman Carl Stokes on +CNN with Erin Burnett
- +Pastor Jamal Bryant and +Wale visit Fredrick Douglass High School
- Youth help clean the streets of Baltimore after the riot
- Churches help feed kids when schools were closed
- Joseph Kent speaks with Geraldo Rivera from +Fox News
- Mom catches son in riot