where do I even start
March for Cyntoia Brown
Three weeks prior to me finding out I was going to be speaking at the March in Nashville. I made a post on Instagram saying how I pray God would one day give me the opportunity to stand up for some of these injustices in the world and give me a platform to influence the world for the better not knowing one of those opportunities was literally right around the corner. You can see the post below.
Next thing you know I’m lined up to speak alongside a senator in Brenda Gilmore and other amazing guest speakers. I couldn’t believe what was happening. I’d literally never given a speech in my life except for one speech in college for speech class which was way back in 2014 I believe. I knew God would be speaking through me though so I wasn’t too worried.
As the time for the March quickly neared I started to reflect on everything that was happening. A few months before this I got a fortune cookie at a restaurant in the Las Vegas airport that read “You will soon be called upon to stretch and take risks” I kept it because I felt God was speaking directly to me through this.
When it was my turn to speak I literally felt my entire body shaking. I was so nervous! I remember thinking God did you really pick me to be up here? Then a surge of reassurance came over me as if He was letting me know He was with me. So I walked up there with my crumbly little paper thinking surely I’d need to refer to it. Then, I felt power surge through my body and I think I may have looked at that paper once or twice but didn’t need to. The words were flowing through me. I was connected. The speech is below.
After the first half of the March which was led by the amazing group of Survivors, BLM of Nashville took over and we began to go to the streets.
Two days after the March I woke up to a hoard of text messages, calls, and social media notifications. Cyntoia had been granted FULL CLEMENCY. ALL GLORY GOES TO GOD. Her release was scheduled for August which has passed and she is now free.
I met so many amazing people that day all of which literally became my family and I love them to death. I’m so glad God put us on this earth at the same time. I look up to them in awe every time.