It has been one month, I have been waiting. I have been waiting to post a message of victory, that they have been found. But, they are still lost. Punished. They are being punished for the one thing that many of us take for granted, education.
One month ago a couple hundred girls in Chibok, Nigeria were awakened in the night and were told they were boarding a bus for safety. They have not been seen since. The bus of safety was actually a bus for capture holding these girls hostage.
While there are numerous explanations for while these women were kidnapped, as the news spread to my side of the world, to my horror I was disdained to find out that one of the greater reasons behind such terror, was because these girls were being educated.
It brought me to a sad reality that the fight for women to be educated is not over.
Until recently, women of all races and economic backgrounds have been excluded from education. In the United States, many of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities were established in the 1600s, yet the first college to admit women did not do so for another 200 years. And women of color were not admitted into colleges and universities until the mid-20th century.
Well, if you look back at history, smart girls start Revolutions.
Women like, Prophetess Deborah, Esther, Queen Candace, Elizabeth I, Kittur Rani Chennamma, Yaa Asantewaa, Harriet Tubman, Nanny of the Maroons, Rosa Parks, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Wangari Maathai, Leymah Gbowee and Malala Yousafzai to name a few, started revolutions in their countries and it began when they became educated.
Education is such a powerful force that every time people receive knowledge societies are transformed. These women should not be harmed for wanting to transform themselves, their families and their country.
Media is always look for its next big story and if we don’t continue to make #BringBackOurGirls a revolutionary cause and support these girls who were displaced from home, the lives of these colored girls will be forgotten along with other irreplaceable stories. So please remember, please write, please demonstrate, and please don’t forget the 276.
Even though they are still loss, I am waiting to post a message of progress and victory. I am not hopeless, and since knowledge is power, I will share their story and I hope you will too.
How we can help:
- Connect and support Western Michigan University demonstrations for #BringBackOurGirls campaign – (Locally)
- Join the worldwide campaign for #BringBackOurGirls and check for upcoming on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls/events , Twitter, and Instagram
- Have conversations about what’s going on