In the wake of Kenneka Jenkins’ death, the reasons behind her death were unknown and more so uncalled for. In the age of wanting more and getting more attention, it’s important to protect the energy of our young girls and love them until their voids of emptiness are filled and letting them know their internal beauty as well as their external beauty, personal value, God-given gifts and purpose
In today’s society, the woman is constantly under attack especially the Black Woman. As Malcolm X would quote in his famed speech Who taught you to hate yourself? “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” With so many of our Black men being senselessly murdered or thrown behind bars, our families are in desperate need of our men’s presence often leaving a void in Our homes. The strong male presence to guide our young queens through life is often missing. Henceforth are our girls are filling those voids in needless ways to mask the hurt and the abandonment.
To complement our Black men with needing to be present in our girls’ lives there needs to be a unit of our sister’s constantly teaching our girls that they’re valuable, that they are beautiful. A unit consisting of our elders and our young women that explore and sharing the brokenness, the pain, the happiness and the joys and that they can all succeed together. Our purpose is to bring our young girls together that their experiences are shared and no one is isolated and alone.
To keep your sister is to guard her spiritually and to guide her when she is lost. Providing a sense of community when feeling alone and left out. Often are our girls feel at a disadvantage for obvious reasons but to feel that she has a strong sisterhood behind her she knows she can push forward in life and overcome hurdles with dignity and grace.