"In a world..."
Upon entering the room on the first evening, everyone received a ‘Card of Lost Innocence’, a fan with the photo and story of a young black person who has been recently killed by police violence. Large photographs of their faces lined the room to invoke their presence and guide us in the work. We began by writing a poem for that person and calling out their names, along with other innocent lives who have been taken, as community elders ceremoniously poured out libations of water in their honor.
Honoring the loss of these lives prepared us to work toward a better future.
In a circle, we completed the sentence:
In a world where Black Lives Matter, I imagine…
"...A world where a black father doesn’t have to teach his child to how to interact with police before he teaches them about the birds and bees.”
"...A world where black children know they are wanted.”
"...A world where I can truly live and not just survive."