A Beautiful Resistance is celebrating Black History Month by amplifying local stories of change-makers and the people inspired by them.
“My name is Jabari Chioke Mosi Peddie, and I want to celebrate New England Black History by honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.”
“Now is the time to make brotherhood a reality.” A resonant and transcendent order from a speech that Dr. King delivered to a crowd of thousands at a freedom march in the South End— it is that same order which defined how I walked the campus of Morehouse College, our alma mater, and defines now how I walk the turning streets of Boston. Boston has long had the duplicitous reputation: progressive, yet prejudice, and this was impressed upon me prior to my migration to New England from New York City, by way of Atlanta, both cities where I found constant affirmations of my identity. But like Dr. King, I found purpose in Boston; I found love, I found community, and I found growth. He has cobbled his impression throughout the city’s streets, paving paths for me, and all other identities and walks of life. I salute you Dr. King.”
Peddie is an educator and co-founder of The Teachers’ Lounge, a safe place for educators of color to network, learn, and be fortified.