We all should know by now who George Floyd was. In case you were living under a rock for the past week, let me keep you up to date. George Floyd was a Black man who was murdered at the hands of, or should I say the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. George Floyd’s death spawned a series of protests around the world to highlight the anger of the Human Community about this horrific event. Black Lives Matter should not just be a hashtag, but symbolize a change in our human community about people from a different race. We are all one human community after all, and we should all be treating everyone we meet with the same respect as we treat ourselves.
Did you know, for instance, there is a UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) and museum in Glace Bay? Founded in 1914, the association’s purpose is to improve the lives of the Black community in Glace Bay. The Museum is at 35 Jessome Street in the Sterling Area of Glace Bay. The founder of the association was Marcus Garvey (originally from Jamaca). The building is used for a community hall for the Black Community in Glace Bay, and has been used for weddings and funerals.
The Black Lives Matters movement is an opportunity. It is a time for us all to get out there to explore the communities in our own community. Chances are you will find that your community is more diverse then you may think.