Volume 2: Issue 2
By: Selma, age 11, CA
Who gave them permission to look down on someone just because the color of their skin is different?
Why is it that Black people get treated differently than a white people?
We never chose to be this way. All we ask is to have equality and that future generations can live in peace.
We just want a world of peace and harmony.
We don’t want their legacy to go to waste, like Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and so many more.
I know there’s some days when they just want to give up, but they kept going and risked their lives for our generation.
We have to keep the legacy going for the next generation and not let what they’ve done for us go to waste.
Thank you for being bold enough to ask the question “Who Gave Them Permission?” Keep asking questions, demanding answers to the questions that will allow us to get closer to a nation of peace and harmony. You are right: we must continue to build the legacy that so many have created before us. You are gifted and talented, just like your ancestors before you. At age 11, you are already walking confidently in your light, using your words to tell stories of our past and present fight for justice. Keep writing and daring to speak up for what is right; your words have the power to inspire so many.
You are uniquely made; your melanin is magical. Your beauty is skin deep, your true power lies within. Never stop loving the queen you see staring back at you in the mirror.
Go bravely into your next chapter, be free and be bold in this moment and every moment after. You will cross paths with many, some will go, and some will stay, embrace the change around you, you will learn to find your way.
With love and light,
Kamaria Delaney, writer and author of Soul PWR: A Poetry Anthology, North Carolina