How can one feel so acknowledged in one space but yet feel so dehumanized in another space?

At the beginning of February, I traveled to Atlanta to participate in Lululemon’s Annual “Here to Be” summit. I joined nonprofit and community leaders from across the world in conversation about social justice. Thanks to everyone from the “Here To Be”team for welcoming me with open hearts and ears, also acknowledging the work that I do within my community/city. I felt welcomed stepping into the space, but more importantly my voice was heard.

It took a lot of courage for me to plant my foot prints there. Just one week prior, my skin color and the community in which I serve got degraded by a few cops who decided to wrongfully arrest me, and charged me with assault and battery of a police officer.

We all must serve and protect, not be protected when we sever all ties in the community. Nevertheless, in both spaces me as a black man, has the moral responsibility to speak out and take action against unjust laws.

No matter how hard these conversations might get, if you’re one who cares about bringing prosperity to the world, I would say get angry and raise your voice. I can’t live in fear nor live without a voice that needs to be shared with the world.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr…