I was recently invited to share my thoughts in an article regarding the tension-turned-violence last month in Baltimore, and the local impact upon the City of Salisbury. I am grateful for the opportunity afforded me in writing this companion article alongside Salisbury City Council President, Jacob Day. The writing prompt given was inspiring, and the parameters were just wide enough to allow me to roam a bit into a territory in which I am deeply passionate.
I believe that it is the responsibility of every citizen to carry the burden of humanity and awareness among our neighbors. This is especially important for those who are marginalized within the context of our cities by cultural presumption and language barriers in our local migrant communities.
If we desire to build bridges to engagement in our homes and communities and neighborhoods, we must be brave enough to seek out our neighbors whose stories are rarely engaged and whose voices deserve the dignity of being heard.