We gather and we grow, by any means necessary.
One day after President Trump’s inauguration the negative energy surrounding the nations capital didn’t stop a crowd full of young millennials from exuding nothing but good vibes at the Be Alright Brunch.
Down the road as millions of women, white women in particular, gathered to march in contention for the new presidential rhetoric surrounding rights of women, LGBTQ members, immigrants and other marginalized groups a sea of young patrons filled The Prospect and partied.
Dressed in all black to show solidarity for a movement that started long before Ferguson, creators of the event, Michell C. Clark and Britt Wright, encouraged their guests to just feel free.
With overwhelming energy of Black excellence felt from the moment you walked into the room, the sold out event tapped into the notion that millennials love a good brunch, but don’t be mistaken, we get business down too.
Even as the ever popular song, “Bad and Boujee,” blared, the feeling of comfort and content flowed from attendees who sang out as their favorite song played or talked amongst themselves like, Naimah Kargbo and Priscilla R. Barbour, both of whom are striving to evoke change at the national level so that the issues of both women and people of color are heard.
Kargbo of Laurel, Maryland knows her magic will come from making policies to spark change so she’s a political science and economics major at Towson University and has hopes to become a corporate lawyer.
“I do want to run for office and run for senate to try and make the laws to make sure someone like the President doesn’t ruin things and make it harder on us for years to come,” the 18 year-old said.
Barbour is already enacting change, working in congress to make a difference as best she can.
“To continue to inspire young black girls behind me to feel empowered, engaged and influenced is what matters,” the Dallas Texas native said. “Protecting my Black Girl Magic means I help others.”
At one point, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go” came over the speaker and seamlessly the crowded room got into formation for the electric slide and it seemed as if everyone’s woes went away, even if just for a moment.
No matter what was happening just miles away or what would be said or done in the days to come, the room was a safe space during a tumultous time but for forever and always as the event affirmed, we gon’ be alright.
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