Black History Month offers a time of reflection, an opportunity to consider our progress and the work that remains on our path to a just and equal society. Throughout February, I have showcased some of my work as a poetic activist, pieces I was moved to write because of social injustices facing the Black community. These poems explore such issues as capital punishment, mandatory minimums, and racial profiling.
Though today marks the close of Black History Month, we must understand that today does not mark the end of our pursuit of justice. In this final installment of my Black History Month series, I use the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to implore us all to use our collective voices and our collective strength to continue our pursuit:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
And in this spirit, I present to you Pages from My Diary to Dr. King.