I live, breath, and survive only at the thought of liberation for my grandchildren.

I attended my alma mater, Bowling Green State University’s graduation on May 9th. On this day I needed to show to my family who were freshmen and sophomores when I was a senior that they mattered.

I needed them to know that they inspire me. I keep working hard and stay energized because of them.

I’m not fighting for my life. I’m fighting for every life that comes after me. I’m fighting for my grandchildren.

This is no longer about righting a wrong that was done; it’s about creating a new right for our future melanin filled spirits who will inhabit and inherit this earth.

I labor and take the verbal beatings so you don’t have to.

I scream “Black Lives Matter” so that you will already know as you grow.

I achieve so you can achieve greater and so that I can help you throughout your journey.

I show up unapologetically black, queer, and radical so you can show up even more.

Congratulations to all Black and Afrika graduates. The world is yours.