In the opening line of the song Keep Ya Head Up, Tupac Shakur raps “They say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I say the darker the flesh, then the deeper the roots…”
For Street Smart, #BlackLivesMatter is, and has always been an unspoken motto. It is the underlying reason of why we do the work. Street Smart’s daily mission is to promote this concept to youth and community; black lives indeed matter. We work with the roses that have grown out of the concrete, youth and young adults that carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, but continue to strive to make better decisions. We work with a population that internalizes so much anger and aggression from environmental stressors, often just waiting to be released. Our purpose here at Street Smart is to let them know that their lives do matter. Educating and empowering them to make change not only in their lives, but in their communities. Encouraging them to become a part of the change that will usher in a new way of thinking and acting within the black community. The long-term goal would be an increased level of awareness that will place a higher value on ‘life’, elevating the cry to expand outside the cases of injustice.
#BLACKLIVESMATTER is the rallying cry, Street Smart is in the fight to strengthen the roots of the community to empower change.