I think I know why Maya Angelou wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) who spoke out uniquely on many things undoubtedly would have many things to say about current events. In her most eloquent yet profound way she would give voice to not one side but to all sides. Most importantly she would be a voice for not one side but all sides. Yes she would give voice to our youth today and help them to find their voice, at the same time celebrating their voice, ensuring if she could, that every voice be heard. She no longer being with us, we expound upon her words, cherishing what she taught us and what she wanted to teach us about life and many things. In her mind’s heart all life mattered – every voice was to be heard (and celebrated) no matter the religion, creed or color.
All voices should be heard and all lives matter. In view of what is happening in Baltimore and other places throughout the United States of America, I would like to hear about what the future of America believes about what is occurring and how it will affect their lives not only now but in the near future .I believe that when our youth feel that they are being heard and that someone cares about what they have to say and how they feel about their own lives and how their lives are being impacted due to current events, they care more about their own lives – period. Therefore, I would like to ask some questions and get some responses that I think may be helpful to them and to others in society today:
- Here in the city I attend college, Greensboro, North Carolina there is a program called, “Coffee with a Cop” http://myfox8.com/2014/12/03/greensboro-police-launching-coffee-with-a-cop/where the community is invited to sit down and share a cup of coffee at a local Starbucks etc. with a gentleman (or woman) – a civil servant of the police force. Do you think that such programs or similar ones would be effective in your own neighborhoods?
- How do you feel about the rioting going on in Baltimore? Does it scare you or does it give you hope for the future?
- If you could live in an ideal world what would it be like? What would be the most important change you would want to see taking effect in America today?
- If you have a mentor, who is he or she and why (besides your parents) have you chosen them to be your mentor? Do you think mentors can be other friends?
- Lastly, how would you express your feelings about or appreciation and/ or regret to our civil servants and political figures entrusted with caring for our safety? How would you express your feelings to those who participated in the Baltimore Riots during peaceful and non – peaceful times?
- Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your communities and I appreciate your thoughts and your feelings!