EVERY SHADE HAS A STORY
As we celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we must remember the significance of his time on this Earth.
Four Little Girls Murdered
In 1963, a bomb explodes during a Sunday morning service in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls… The Movie Selma, opens with the same scene… four little girls in starched dresses are walking down the steps that lead downstairs from the balcony of their church. They are talking about girlish things. “I got my hair pressed that morning, and it was wasted when I hit the water,” one of them says, telling a story about being pulled between the incompatible pleasures of a new hairstyle and a swim on a hot day. BOOOOMMMMM! There is a resounding sound that shakes the very foundation of ones being. Movie go-ers were not prepared. With its large African-American congregation, the 16th Street Baptist Church served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr…
Four innocent girls, dying at the mercy of men who could not see past the color of their skin and snuffed the promise these girls were to be. I don’t know if it was easy for the parents of these four girls to understand that their death was necessary for the future of African Americans girls like themselves, and as a parent of two girls (now women) I am not sure that I would ever be convinced. But it had to be that way, a Supreme Design beyond our comprehension.
As Beautiful Black Butterflyz launches its organization on January 17, 2016, an organization established to inspire African American Girls and young women to live in and love the beauty of their natural skin, we must not forget these four little girls who were murdered at the hands of racist men, men who did not care about their innocent lives, their christian values, their place of worship. EVERY SHADE HAS A STORY! That is the slogan of The Beautiful Black Butterflyz Organization. We are to remember that four little girls, who looked just like them, died so that they can have a better life. A symbol of the sacrificial lamb and yet we still struggle with our identity.
The spirit of the institution of slavery still prevents us from seeing that we are indeed valuable and lovable human beings. On January 17th 2016, as we remember the birth of Dr. King, BBBz, Kiss Me Nature and Unveiled by Dominique will celebrate the life of the civil rights leader by embracing his response to this tragic event. On this day, we will celebrate the life of Dr. King by fostering self love, self esteem in young girls and young ladies of color, to remind them that they “are not to be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
What Story Does Your Shade Tell?
Unveiled By Dominique