Peace & Blessings from Dr. Mama
“Enough is Enough”
To celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, I looked at a documentary of Dr. King giving a speech at Stanford University less than one year before he died. I was reminded of the courage, brilliance, love, and sacrifice given by Dr. King, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and so many others, so that our lives would be better. I also was reminded of how Dr. King was a victim of gun violence and how so many of our hearts were broken when he was killed. Today our hearts are breaking because of the many who are being killed in our city due to gun violence.
Yes, we must continue to work to make the dream of freedom, justice, and peace a reality. Dr. King reminded us in his speech that we must challenge the system to end injustice and hate. He also reminded us that we must challenge ourselves to work in our own communities so that we don’t have to live in fear. Family, we must work together to put an end to this social epidemic that is stealing our mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers from us. Even here at Sankofa, we have lost mothers, fathers, and siblings to this terrible plague on our city.
We know one of the important steps in ending violence is teaching the values that we teach at Sankofa. We want to continue to encourage our children to love themselves, to love their families, to love our people, and to love and respect one another. We all need to remind our children that Black lives are beautiful and really do matter. However, we want to do more than lift up love, we want to be like Dr. King and take action to try to make a difference. Therefore, we are starting an anti-gun violence campaign called Enough Is Enough! We want to challenge our leaders to make changes in policies and laws that relate to gun violence and invest in programs that keep people out of harm’s way. Be on the lookout for your child coming home with assignments, questions, surveys, and other
activities to learn more about this issue and what we can do to be solution-oriented. In our “Enough Is Enough” campaign we will stand together as one Sankofa family against gun violence and for healthy, safe, peaceful communities. So, let’s remember the words of Dr. King, “The time is always right to do what’s right!“ Let's challenge ourselves and challenge our system. Let’s gear up for our schoolwide social action project and take a stand against gun violence. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!