The Western Area will continue the dialogue initiated through The Links, Incorporated Black Lives Matter Webinar series to increase knowledge on pressing matters so that we can educate our communities, especially our children, and rewrite the narrative of our future.
We must help our communities establish trust between police departments and the men, women and children they vow to serve and protect as well as teach our children the proper protocol for interacting with law enforcement.
The article below is written by John Silvanus Wilson, President of Morehouse College. It is important because President Wilson and his brother were stopped by the police when he was a young man and he relates how they were able to safely navigate that experience. He serves as an example of how far an African American male can go if he keeps his wits about him, not giving into anger, it an unfair, but dangerous situation. More importantly, he provides wise counsel to parents about the three things we must teach our young people:
1. Stay Disciplined
2. Stay Determined
3. Stay on the High Road.
I was particularly struck by the last of those three, having heard First Lady Michelle Obama in her amazing speech at the Democratic National Convention 2016, when she explained the manner in which she and the president have taught their girls to respond to hate speech and conduct: “When they go low, we go high.”
–Mattie Compton, Chair
WA Black Lives Matter Initiative
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Black Lives Matter Toolkit
The Black Lives Matter Toolkit to assist Western Area Chapters with programming initiatives can be found in the Member’s Only section on the Black Lives Committee page.
The Plano North Metroplex (TX) Chapter hosted a Black Lives Matter “Crisis Intervention” and Educational Leadership Summit on February 28, 2016.