It’s been 77 years since civil rights activist and poet Langston Hughes wrote his chilling poem “Kids Who Die,” which illuminates the horrors of lynchings during the Jim Crow era. Now, as we approach the anniversary of Mike Brown’s shooting and the Ferguson uprising that sparked a growing movement, Hughes‘ words remain painfully true today.

Frank Chi, progressive media consultant, and Terrance Green, a filmmaker and strategist, have created a powerful video visualizing the injustice of current day police violence through Hughes‘ poem. Inspired by the incredible acts of resistance that have taken place since August of last year, Terrance and Frank’s creative work confronts the reality of what it means to be Black in America.

August 9th is a big day for the movement and many of us will wrestle with the weight of it’s many meanings. While this Sunday represents a day of unconscionable tragedy, it also marks the re-birth of a powerful Black-led movement to end systemic racism that is poised to change the world.

Rest in power Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, Aiyana Jones, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Samuel DuBose, Sandra Bland and all the many others who’s deaths were highlighted in this video and in our collective memory. You did not die in vain.

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.

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