Visiting the South has always been bittersweet to me. The visual aesthetic of the land and the southern hospitality are things you can’t really find in the midwest. But the trees often remind me of Billie Holiday’s
“Strange Fruit”. Historical landmarks make me think about the brutality of slavery and
Jim Crow. And I can’t help but wonder if I cross into the “wrong part of town,” will I be the next victim of racial hostility? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJc1wxKODBw So on top of all that, the visit our team took to the
Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery last week was tough. My friend
Vesia’s comment about the emotion behind it all hit the nail on the head. https://twitter.com/vesiawils/status/1047833602866794496 But if there is a bright side to being slapped in the face with oppression, it’s the beauty of learning about history and applying it to the work we’re doing. Because I know for a fact that
we all left Montgomery feeling empowered and more focused. https://twitter.com/mreruchie/status/1048005321577435137
Zach Wright and
Jason B. Allen all came back inspired, pissed off, ready to educate, ready to advocate and forever changed. I was at that point in this work where hopelessness and exhaustion were setting in. But witnessing two Black youth react to seeing the names of their ancestors who’d been lynched got me
back on track. My fight for access and opportunity for marginalized communities is for them.
Tanesha Peeples is driven by one question in her work—“If not me, then who?” As the former Deputy Director of Activist Development for brightbeam, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for change in the public education system. Her passion for community and relentless mission for justice and liberation drive her in uplifting and amplifying the voices and ...