Since the beginning of this year countless lives have been lost, and no one knows this pain more deeply than black mothers, whose grief cannot be overlooked. It is necessary and appropriate that the genocide of the black body and the defamation of black culture be discussed on the terms of the people—black people—who must live in fear of attack, who must fear for the lives of their black children. The time for this dialogue is now, and every space is appropriate.
A copy of the script read at the #BlackBrunch Disruption is below:
Who is entitled to motherhood? Who is entitled to raise children without fear that the people sworn to serve and protect them will destroy what they have nurtured? The time for this dialogue is now
And every space is appropriate!
Every 28 hours, a Black person in America is murdered by the police, security officer or self-appointed vigilante. Every day, without cease, news casters and politicians speak ill of our dead.
We are told to ask politely for change, even as we choke back our grief. We are told to prove ourselves worthy of life, rather than demanding life andlivelihood.
Our outrage is condemned. We are silenced. Another black
body hits the pavement.
ALL - Another. Another. Another, Another,
Every 28 hours, a Black woman loses a child, a spouse, a sibling, a life.
It is necessary and appropriate that the genocide of the Black body
and the defamation of Black culture be discussed on the terms of the
people—Black people—who must live in fear of attack, who must fear for
the lives of their Black children.
We are speaking in honor of those who are not here to speak.
We are disrupting this brunch to rememberthe unwelcomed disruption that is violence against the black body.
We are interrupting business as usual for 4 minutes, to represent the 4 hours for which Michael Brown's body was left to cook in the Missouri sun.
ALL: Be uncomfortable. Be inconvenienced.
Join us, if you will, in honoring
the struggle of Black mothers and in mourning our dead:
Tarika Wilson (Lima, Ohio) | 26 years old | mother of 5
Miriam Carey (Washington, D.C.) | 34 years old | mother of 1
Shelly Frey (Houston, Texas) | 27 years old | mother of 2
Alesia Thomas (Los Angeles, California) | 35 | mother of 2
Yvette Smith (Batstrop, Texas) | 45 years old | mother of 2
Sharmel Edwards (Las Vegas, Nevada) | 49years old | mother of 2
Ana Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) | 29 years old | mother of 2
Kendra James (Portland, Oregon) | 21years old | mother of 2
Kathryn Johnston (Atlanta, Georgia) | 92 years old | mother and grandmother
Alberta Spruill (New York City, NY) | 57years old | mother and grandmother
Eleanor Bumpurs (New York City, NY) | 66 years old | mother and grandmother
ALL: We honor the mothers who lost children, partners and friends in the assault against of black life
Lesley Mcspadden – Mother of Mike Brown (Ferguson, Missouri) | 18 years old
EsawGarner – Wife of Eric Garner (New York, New York) | 43 years old
Tressa Sherrod – Mother of John Craford III (Beavercreek, Ohio) | 22 years old
Sybrina Fulton – Mother of Trayvon Martin (Stanford, Florida) | 17 years old
Pauline McNish Dillard Sr – Mother of Nehemiah Dillard (Gainesville, Florida) | 29 years old
Latonya D. Lewis – Mother of Darnisha Harris (Breaux Bridge, Louisiana) | 16 years old
Lucia McBath – Mother of Jordan Davis (Jacksonville, Florida) | 17 years old
Syreeta Myers – Mother of Vonderitt Myers Jr. (St Louis, Missouri) | 18 years old
Samaria Rice – Mother of Tamir Rice (Cleveland, Ohio) | 12 years old
Mertilla Jones – Mother of Aiyana Stanley-Jones (Detroit, Michigan) | 7 years old
Angela Helton – Mother of Rekia Boyd – (Chicago, Illinois) | 22 years old
Margie Hunter – Mother of Tyra Hunter – (Washington, D.C.) | 25 years old
Roslyn Wilkins – Mother of Nizah Morris – (Key West, Florida) | 47 years old
Mammie Till – Mother of Emmitt Till – (Money, Mississippi) | 14 years old
Which Side are you on friends? Which side are you on?
Which side are you on friends? Which side are you on?
Justice for Black Lives is justice for us all.
We will fight for freedom until justice is won!
CHANT: Call and Response
We have the duty to fight for our freedom!
We have the duty to win!
We must love and protect each other!
We have nothing to lose but our chains!