ESSENCE Festival attendees had more on their minds than just taking in the concerts and enjoying the festivities. The #BlackLivesMatter movement was at the forefront of many attendees' thoughts and they had no trouble sharing with us the reasons why Black lives matter to them and how to keep the conversation going.
Gina Washam, Delaware
It means that we’re focusing on the importance of African-Americans and not just in the physical sense. It means that we’re taking back the importance of our lives even when others try to tell us that we’re not.