in a vow to use her voice for change, serena williams says: “i won’t be silent”

September 28, 2016

Celebrities have been lending their voice to the Black Lives Matter movement since its inception, and 2016 has seen some of the highest profile sports stars taking a stand. Although not explicitly in support of BLM, Serena Williams took to Facebook to express her fear, worry, and resolve to make her voice be heard in an anecdote about a drive she took with her nephew. You can read the full statement below, but one part that stood out was a moment of self assessment when she asked, “I [then] wondered […] have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?” This moment is powerful and hopefully she’ll make good on this vow to start speaking up for those without the means to.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

Serena Williams’ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SerenaWilliams/