Tuesday, May 8, 2012
From Pain to Power - My Latest FCN Cover Story
I had been speaking with some of the mothers for several weeks for our new cover story and am still in awe over their strength courage, and by their beauty. The beauty in how they care for each other and other mothers whose children have just been killed reflects a sisterhood I feel only God could sustain. A recurring theme in their interviews is how their relationships with God got them through the initial murders of their babies and through one day at a time, He is helping them turn their pain into power.
I interviewed Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant's mother, Enola Causey, Donnie Causey, Jr.'s mother, Theresa Williamson, Nicole Williamson's mother, Valerie Bell, Sean Bell's mother, Denika Chatman, Kenneth Harding, Jr.'s mother, Vicky Lindsey, Lionel Whiteside's mother, LaWanda Hawkins, Reginald Hawkins' mother, and Sis. Beatrice X, our very own Muslim activist in the Stop the Killing movement.
Producing this article brought tears to my eyes, just as I cried when I'd heard these, our babies had been murdered. But by the time I'd typed their last sentiments, I was encouraged by their empowerment. Their babies have been physically murdered but their spirits live on. Their lives will not be in vain by their mothers and fathers efforts to save other children.
And as Ms. Fulton told me, "God is still in control."