My name is Brianna D. Booker, and this site is my first step in a lifelong commitment to helping change the lives of people just like myself. I originally named it “Eye Witness, I witness” because it is an experienced based site. Anything that I discuss, I have either experienced myself or have watched occur. However, I recently changed it to ” I talk Black” because often times I have been called militant, or told that I have a smart mouth when it comes to the things that I care about… so yes, I talk back, but more importantly, I talk about Black pain, Black happiness, Black issues, Black topics.
My main goal is to become a civil rights attorney and I am most passionate about this because my father has always instilled in me that we have an obligation to one another. There is a Malcolm X quote which states “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.”, and I have decided to make that the motto for my life. I have served as a research assistant, an intern with the United Negro College Fund, the community Coordination/programs and Research Chair for the Texas National Association for the advancement of colored people (NAACP) Youth and college division, an educator with Reaching Higher Heights, an HBCU ambassador and have worked over voter registration with Ministries 4 Movement. Along with this, I have spoken at the National Association of African American Studies, and Reflecting Black. All of these things, among others, have prepared me to dedicate not only my career but my life to the aid and betterment of my community.
Regarding social justice, the thing I am most passionate about is Black Lives. If you are to discuss redlining, you will soon find yourself discussing schools in low income areas and the school-to-prison pipeline. That may then lead you to discuss mass incarceration which may cause you to elaborate on the narrative of absent Black fathers. Every issue concerning African Americans is in some way connected, and therefore all require an equal level of passion and pressure applied. I hope for this website to help me in applying such pressure and I hope that not only am I able to display my growth as a person, but also help others to do the same and to hopefully think outside of their traditional beliefs and challenge themselves to make a difference in the world around them. I hope to be a beacon of love and of strength. I hope that through these posts I am able to bring light to the both the good times and the harsh realities faced by African Americans. I hope to encourage all who enter this site to keep an “ACE” up their sleeve- advocacy, culture, and empowerment.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”- Desmond Tutu