When Jess was in college I was facing a big life challenge. Knocked the wind right out of me, begged that I dig deeper, make necessary life shifts, get back up and live with purpose! Seeing me hit rock bottom Jess, looked me in the eye and said “Mom, like Elie Wiesel once said, “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.” Her reminding me of that quote at that time moved me and helped me shift my perspective.
Having heard what Nobel Peace Prize winner, Holocaust survivor and Author Elie Wiesel had endured during his lifetime, his words rang true in my heart that day – just as powerfully as they do today.
If you’ve been following along with my emails, blogposts, Instagram stories and Facebook posts, you’ll know that I’ve been committing time each day and each week to support the BLM movement doing all that I can to listen, learn, share and make changes.
Below are some audiobooks I’ve recently listened to, fallen in love with and highly recommend. I’ve included links to purchase books from Black owned bookstores.
Right now, I’m reading What I Know For Sure, by Oprah Winfrey
And I’ve joined my friend KT Merry on a 21-day challenge with YWCA South Florida.
I challenge you to take a stand for racial equity and social justice with us! Diving deeply into issues of race, power, privilege and leadership.
This is a unique opportunity to learn, reflect and discuss issues of race and social justice — all with the goal of inspiring action to end the systemic injustices that plague our nation.
Although, the challenge has already begun, there is still time to register! Please join us by
registering. Click this link to accept the challenge: https://www.ywca-miami.org/21-day-challenge-social-justice-racial-equity/
Together Alex and I watched the movie Queen & Slim a modern-day love story. Brilliant, captivating, inspiring and thought provoking. Available on Amazon Prime.
Thank you for taking the time to take action. “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.” ♥️
P.S. I’m dedicating this post to my Stepmom, Annette who wrote to check in today and share this beautiful series done by Alvin Ailey called Juba (Juba is my nickname and what family/friends call me in Brazil) my reply to her email inspired me to write this. A force for good, with her I learned valuable and important life lessons. She is fierce, she is bold, she is family. Love you Annette!
P.S.S. How are you doing? What’s happening in your world? Let’s make time to check in.
with peace and love,