Beverly Frierson is an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention from South Carolina. Frierson, 64, is a retired teacher in Richland County school districts 1 and 2 and Fairfield County. She lives in Columbia.
The fact that "Black Lives Matter" was visually emphasized when "Mothers of the Movement" appeared on stage dressed either in black and white or all black, Tuesday evening. Each mother's outfit was accented by a huge red rose.
To me, those roses symbolize the blood that has been shed and will be shed in the future until we acknowledge what the mother of Sandra Bland said, "A loss of any life diminishes all of us."
The mother of Jordan Davis offered a part of the solution: "We must keep building communities where police officers and the community work together."
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Trayvon Martin's mother offered another part of the solution: "We must adopt common sense gun legislation."
Wednesday morning, one of South Carolina's breakfast speakers spoke about how the term "Black Lives Matter" makes some people uncomfortable. She offered this analogy, "Yes, it is true that all lives matter, but if you live in a house that catches on fire and you ignore the fire, soon when you look to your left and to your right, those houses will be on fire too."
Before prime time, the convention saw an image of unity: Bernie Sanders went to the podium and offered the appropriate words to officially push Hillary Rodham Clinton over the top.
After Hillary was officially nominated, the convention saw images of all the male presidents of this nation; then, a glass image appeared over the faces of the male presidents. We listened to the sound of shattered glass, and as we watched the fragments fall, the image of Hillary Clinton appeared.
The visual image was powerful. Hillary has broken the glass ceiling by officially becoming the nominee of the Democratic Party for the presidency of the United States, but powerful images alone will not win elections.
The foundation has been poured, but we are the building blocks. We must be appropriately used and arranged in a manner that makes our house strong and capable to sustain the storms that surely will come.