Black Lives Matter Caravan Protest Hosted by Student Diversity Committee

The Holy Child community was invited to participate in the Tigers for Black Lives caravan hosted by Holy Child's Student Diversity Committee on Monday, June 15th. The protest then ended with an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence in honor of George Floyd on Holy Child's campus.

Read below for a beautiful speech given by Jaden F. '21 (pictured left) on campus.

"For over four hundred years we (black men and women) have been fighting for our freedom and for our rights, but we are not done yet. We will not rest until justice is served and we are truly free. We will not stop fighting until we are judged by the content of our character not the color of our skin.

Our ancestors have instilled within us an unmatched resilience and strength that cannot be tamed. We will continue to protest and speak out until they feel us, until they can understand and recognize the pain in our voice, the pain in our eyes, and the pain that weighs heavily on our hearts.

As we, people of every race and culture, stand 10 feet apart yet still in solidarity, I realize that we must find a way to come together in order to change the world around us.

We are tired, every single one of us is tired, but we have to keep pushing. Each generation has fought their own battles, this is our fight now and we mustn’t succumb to the daily fear of standing up and speaking out because Black lives depend on us. Whether you are protesting or simply challenging the racist comments and people that sit at the very same dinner table, do not be silent. If you choose to be neutral in times of injustice you have chosen, the side of the oppressor. You are either with us, or you are against us.

To my fellow high schoolers, we have to step up. Soon we will be the politicians, lawyers, police officers, doctors, and businesspeople of this world and country. We must be the change we want to see. Hold each other accountable, have those difficult conversations, stand up against injustice, especially in times of discomfort. Sign petitions pick up the phone and check up on your black friends and family. You are not alone in this fight.

We will continue to say their names, we will be heard! justice will be served and BLACK lives do MATTER! Rest in everlasting peace George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and sadly many others.

For more information on drives ad events that I have led please feel free to follow me instagram @littlethingsbigimpact. If you plan on posting my speech I just ask that you tag me (@littlethingsbigimpact) thank you!"