The January 6th Bloganuary is:
For most of my life, my grandmother was my inspiration, and she still is. I just gained new people that inspire me as I have grown and found my place in society. I am going to make a list of the people that inspire me, and they all make me a better person. I cannot just pick one person.
- Maya Angelou – Her life and what she overcame in that life should be an inspiration to all people regardless of strife in their life. She was one of the strongest women this country ever had the honor to be within her presence. She is definitely my biggest inspiration.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. – It’s self-explanatory. He knew the terrible things that would come to this country if we did not learn from past mistakes, and he hit the nail on the head.
- Shaun King – He gets so much flack for standing up for what he believes, and it never breaks him. He is one of the strongest men walking this Earth in this lifetime of mine.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg – God bless the work she did to fight for women and their right to control their bodies. She is probably turning in her grave seeing the events of January 6th, 2020 and Roe v. Wade getting blowback.
- Malcolm X – He had a voice to cure the nation if anyone would have listened to him. His fight was inspiring, along with my next inspiration on #6.
- Huey P. Newton – In case you do not know who that is, he was the founder of the Black Panthers back in the day. Every day that goes by, I wonder if his movement was not the answer to many of the racial problems in this country along with the fight from Malcolm X and MLK Jr.
- James Baldwin – His prose is still inspiring me in the work I do. He spoke and had a voice. He was not afraid to express himself, and he is another great inspiration to ole’ E.M.
This is not a complete list, but it’s a good start. If you know me in person, this list probably makes more sense to you due to my activism efforts in Oakland and in my local area. I fight for the ones who do not have a voice, and these people are the inspiration behind my voice. I stand in solidarity with the ones that this country has oppressed.