See below for video of an emotional, powerful speech by Del. Jeion Ward, delivered earlier this afternoon on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates, in honor of Black History Month. As Cindy/VAPLAN summarizes:
Del. @JeionWard “says as oldest Black woman serving in the General Assembly, perhaps it’s her job to be the ‘griot’ of the body. And her job to tell them that ‘many of us cringe every time we hear that parents don’t want their children’s feelings to be hurt by hearing part of history.’… I don’t think there’s a tip line for our children when their feelings are hurt by someone talking about the texture of their hair, the size of their nose, or the color of their skin. Black children’s feelings can be hurt and black children can cry.'”
Definitely watch this superb speech in its entirety!