Week 4 is concentrated on uplifting the work of our network. The fourth week of Black Futures Month presented us with two of our very own, Funmilola Fagbamila from BLM Los Angeles and Syrus Ware from BLM Toronto.
In this activist portrait series, Syrus has been creating portraits as an act of reverence, a celebration of life, choice and action.Pictured are:
1)Miski: Communications Strategist, Activist and organizer with Black Lives Matter
2)Megan: Activist and musician in Vancouver organizing around black liberation, and anti-poverty issues and harm reduction.
3)Addis: Activist and organizer in Chicago who organizes around disability justice and black liberation.
Funmilola presented a poem dedicated to little Black girls entitles Black Girl Fly
Imagine little black girl maybe 9 maybe 10
She solemly swears to herself she will win
She will write her thoughts
She will read them loud
She will speak her mind
She’ll be black and proud
She gonna light up the world with a futuristic vision
About what our world would look like if we fought for abolition
Of the systems that are founded on a mass superstition
That demand that our minds and bodies are imprisoned
Yes – she gonna do all that
But in order to do that she has to dodge the things that hold her back
Like assumptions made about who she is
And what she should do and how she should live
Like be a good girl, and don’t make no noise
And go play wit barbies and these pink ass toys
And your strength is not match for the strength of the boys
And she knows that ignorance given power destroys
But she won’t be held back
No she won’t do that
Yes she will push through
That’s what black girls do
And she has no limit
She exceeds the sky
She is strength and power
That you can’t deny
She will challenge authority
No she won’t comply
She will change the world
Yes she will go high
And I’ll be shading my eyes as I look in the sky
What I see in the clouds? – that young black girl fly.
Find this week’s collaboration on Blavity here.