We have a social activist on our hands. This is what we have taught our girls. This is how we have challenged them to live their lives...to stand up and speak out about injustices against all in this crazy world of ours.
For both Gabrielle and Sinobia it started with Eric and I urging them to speak up for themselves, some times with teachers, sometimes with friends and occasionally with us. It then moved to speaking up against things they may have witnessed that were wrong. Helping a friend stand up to a bully or a teacher. Calling someone out if they are being racist, biased or unjust. Now the time has come where it is too late for us to back away from our early teachings. Now it the time when their voices matter and we must be there to support them.
Sinobia, being the little sister, has watched big sister Gabrielle stand tall, be her own person, never follow the crowd and always do the right thing. She has donated her time and energy to caused that matter deeply to her and has joined the #blacklivesmatter movement on her campus.
So, when Sinobia revealed her plans to organize a #blacklivesmatter protest we said, "Ok". When she told us the plan was to shut down one of the major streets in Evanston, we got a little nervous, but still agreed to support her efforts.
Sinobia's first protest organizing experience was a success. She had an amazing mentor, Cicely, who guided her and helped her organize and then stepped back and let her do her thing. People showed up, it was a peaceful protest, they were successful at shutting down the street! ( #blmetown ) I believe it was beyond what she thought she was capable of. We are proud.