I Am Because We Are

I closed my eyes and hung my head, because I didn’t want to know. I could hear the shuffling of feet and the conversations in hushed whispers as I stood, cemented in my place. I knew I was in the way, but I couldn’t move. I couldn’t open my eyes,  because I didn’t want to […]

Picking Up the Trash of White Supremacy

I was wearing my orange cardigan, the one that matched the exact shade of my newly painted coral toe nails. I had a turquoise necklace and my new sheer coral lipstick. I was summer Abby, and I looked good. This was the exact Abby that the neighbors informed, needed to come pick up their trash. […]

The Red Couch: I Am Malala Introduction

The first time I realized education was not considered a right for many children, especially girls, around the world, I didn’t know what else to do but weep. I was 24 when I first witnessed the difference education can make in a life and how the lack of knowledge cripples. I was volunteering in a small […]

I Share My Story So Apartheid Does Not Happen Again

“You know, it may sound funny,” my African-American friend from North Carolina said recently, “but I’m glad you were born in South Africa during Apartheid.” “If you hadn’t been born there at that time,” he added, “you may not be as passionate against racism.” We thought about it for a moment and then I nodded. […]

I Will Bring Change. Will You? PLUS: A Giveaway

By Lacey Forward | Twitter: @willbringchange It was a regular night in 2009 when God answered my prayer. I had asked God to speak to me in a dream about something that mattered to Him. So God did. I awoke to a pillow drenched with tears, puffy eyes, and shaking limbs, images continuing to play in my mind’s eye: I found myself atop […]