There is nothing easy about finding your voice while living as a person of color in the USA. Not to mention if you add on a history of abuse or trauma it is even more difficult! Our voices are a pulse that communicates where we are, where we have been and where we hope or plan to go. Our voices carry much weight, even when people chose not to listen. Which is why I want to encourage you to use your voice to speak to issues that affect you personally, professionally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
You count. The stories that you have survived are priceless! Last weekend I joined millions of others around the world at the Women's March in DC. I walked over 3 miles with 35 Black women that decided they too had enough. The reasons we came together are varying but our common ground was our faith. Our faith in so many words says that we have the audacity to believe that God has called us to use our voice to stir up hope, accountability, joy, love, forgiveness, encouragement, and empowerment. That we have the authority to use our voice. That regardless of the opposition that it is our duty to use our voice or "be the salt" wherever we go!
Below is a short video that I want to share with you as you continue to find, practice, and perfect using your voice! Speak up!