Fast forward to today, I’m still pretty, I’m still diplomatic and I’m still misunderstood. Only now, I’ve developed an analysis around why I’m misunderstood. It’s taken me 30 years to understand that I view the world through a unique lens and that many times people do not understand what I’m saying. The problem is that my words require action and provoke thought. Sometimes people are not ready to move or change the behavior that is familiar and, often times, comforting to them. I can relate. It’s taken me this long to document my thoughts because I was, to some degree, comfortable with people listening to me but not hearing me. This is why the idea of writing a blog is exciting to me. It is my chance to let the world know who I am by sharing my thoughts while asking people to reflect on my writing and move to action where appropriate.
I acknowledge that growth is a process and who I am today may change based on a book I might read tomorrow. With that said I invite you all to join me as I discuss my viewpoints on events, both past and present, particularly as they relate to my topics of interest which include, but are not limited to:
- Preventing violence against Black Women and girls
- Racial and Reproductive Justice
- Media representation of Black Women and girls
- Cultivating adult-youth partnerships
Annika Leonard is a participant in a collective of Black women bloggers supported by Strong Families. She is committed to the challenge of organizing against oppression - a task that has led her to direct action, critical dialogue, and to a life of service. She is an educator, mother, daughter, and survivor who lives and works in Wisconsin.