Michael Brown was not the first Black unarmed teen that we have lost to police brutality.
But upon the shooting and death of Brown, it felt like this was the first time in a long time, that the community finally said, ‘Enough is enough’ and meant it. On Thursday, August 14, 2014, we gathered as a nation in dozens of cities for a National Moment of Silence for Mike Brown and all Victims of Police Brutality. And although silence will not set us free, it brought us all together in that moment.
The Washington, D.C. moment of silence took place in the historic Malcolm X Park where hundreds of members from the DC metro area gathered in peace, anger, and passion to grieve, connect, and support one another. Despite the different walks of life that everyone came from; despite the different color or shade of everyone’s skin; despite the differences of everyone that gathered, everyone gathered together. And perhaps that’s what made the #NMOS14 such a powerful, monumental, and momentous event.
Howard University, the historically black university rooted in activism, organized a candlelight vigil service to follow the national vigil that included captivating speech, powerful prayer and song, and revolutionary unity and inclusiveness.
Politini was live last night, stirring up change in the studio, addressing the Ferguson crisis, and the terrorizing of black bodies and police brutality as whole. And as much as you didn’t want to miss the vigil, trust me, this is an episode that you don’t want to miss as well. In this episode—oh, Politini got real. If you weren’t able to listen to the show last night ‘Moving Target: The Criminalization of Blackness,’ be SURE to catch it HERE:
All in all, the National Moment of Silence was just the beginning of a new era of justice and equality to come. We came in anger, stood in peace, and left impassioned to do more. #NMOS14 was more than just a hashtag. #Ferguson is more than just a hashtag. And the revolution will not end with a #hashtag. It has begun with one. #JusticeForMikeBrown