On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white patron. Her arrest sparked a 13-month bus boycott. The people who decided to support her by refusing to ride the bus could not change the outcome of her criminal trial, but their show of support helped change the course of history.
During the Civil Rights Movement there were many times that people showed their support for a cause or a case using symbolism. From the Black Power fist pump to proclaiming “I’m black and I’m proud,” small shows of support for a cause or movement have shown to make a difference and are a part of the fight for justice.
So, while the blacked out avatar’s aren’t going to bring Trayvon back, it will show the support that the Martin family has – and it shows that people are watching. We are waiting to see if there will be justice for the blatant racism that George Zimmerman exhibited when he shot a 17-year-old boy in cold blood. The blackout for Trayvon is a natural part of any movement.
Thanks to whoever started it. Seems that civil rights isn’t lost on the younger generation as everyone says. Check the avatars – they tell the story.
If born several decades earlier Brandi N. Williams would have been an afro wearing, fist-in-the air social activist. Instead the bicentennial baby and hip-hop music lover chose a career in public relations. Brandi, also known as Mizz Bea, uses her nearly two decades of industry experience to bridge the divide between the streets and the suites.