Welcome to Day 2!
We dedicated yesterday to Mother Rosa Parks who set Alabama on fire by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery City Bus. We asked you to evaluate your spending and think of a way to effect better results for ourselves and our communities. One of the most famous quotes by Gandhi is
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
It is cute to repost this quote on social media, but today we are asking you to really think of how you can be the change in your community. What can you do to speak out against injustice and stand in solidarity with us? How can you set the world on fire?
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Blog! If you have a blog, write about your feelings regarding the injustice in our country. Even if it’s just one post – all efforts matter.
Start a dialogue. Repost articles and pictures on social media. Post a status or a tweet. Do not be afraid of the response. More people will have your back than you expect. Stand together!
Plan to shop black businesses as much as possible. We will help you with this by spotlighting black businesses throughout the month.
Hashtag! Here are some of our favorites: #Justice #SetTheWorldonFire #BlackLivesMatter #NeverLovedUs #WeAreAllResponsible #StayWoke #BreaktheBeastsBack
Be informed. Read articles, ask questions, and fully understand the status of our nation.
Attend a march or organize one.
Volunteer in your community—especially with youth centers, Boys and Girls clubs, Big Brother Big Sister, food drives, etc.
Purchase a T-Shirt – There are several on TeeSpring. I ordered this one from alllivesmatter.org. Instagram -@Black_Lives_Matter
The shirts are $20.00 and available in black with white print or white with black print. 20% of the profits are donated to causes working with those affected by systematic discrimination and to fight for justice for Mike Brown.
Do not give up. Change will not happen quickly. We have to stay in the fight.
Share this blog, repost the picture quote below, and let us know how you are being the change. Make sure you hashtag #settheworldonfirechallenge #day2
You do not have to be famous or live in a large city to make a difference. We are all responsible and every step towards justice counts!
Cornell Rogers organized a March for Justice in Huntsville, AL on 11/30/14. Check out the story on WHNT News.
Dee Harris posted a picture of her “Be the Change” tattoo. Dee told us that she got the tattoo at 18, but did not appreciate it until now.
Patrick Washington stands as a “Change Agent” and CEO of D.Y.N.A.M.I.C. Outreach Ministries in the Gadsden/Talladega, AL area. Patrick writes, “The Bible says that with love and kindness have I drawn you. This is what makes me a change agent, by showing love.”