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Volume 2: Issue 2

By: Maryama, age 12, CA


The life of a Black person is full of fear.

Fear that they will die young, fear that they will never be able to succeed.

The reason they have that fear is because of all their Black brothers and Black sisters that have died before their eyes

George Floyd

Briana Taylor

Emmett Till

and many others.

Their families mourn their loss, fight for justice, and just want to avenge them, but no.

Now Black people are just puzzles being picked off piece by piece, becoming unfinished.

The people being killed are Black, but yet the reason they are killed is they are scary.

The calls being made to the police is that someone is scared or intimidated by them, but yet the Black person ends up getting killed in the end.

People should not be killed for the color of their skin alone, because another person was scared of them.


Dear Maryama,


Thank you for being brave enough to use your voice to tell a story through your beautiful poem, “Pieces of Me.” I admire your confidence to speak up about the struggle and fear that have unfortunately plagued our culture and our people for hundreds of years. At age twelve, you have already begun to recognize the true power of your words. We are counting on you to keep shining your light, let your words be the power to fuel all of your many magnificent dreams! You will accomplish many great things, shaking the world to bring about change.


Don’t forget to laugh and dance and sing out loud along the way, learn to find the joy in every single day. God has a special purpose for your life, always know that you are never alone on your journey.


Never be afraid to soar, for there is freedom in the leap. Sometimes it may feel scary to get outside of your comfort zone, but never be afraid to try. Keep climbing to new levels, keep soaring to new heights, show gratitude along the journey and never dim your light. I can’t wait to read more of your beautiful poetry, you have power in your pen…never put it down.


With love and light,

Kamaria Delaney, writer and author of Soul PWR: A Poetry Anthology, North Carolina

Created for girls ages 10–14 to encourage and inspire each other as they write the feature articles.

Created for girls ages 10–14 to encourage and inspire each other as they write the feature articles.