Woke Up Black
There are so many times when adults are speaking for the youth and not letting the youth speak for themselves. You can’t solve the problems by not listening to the people who are having the problem. This is why the film” Woke Up Black” directed by Mary F. Morten is a must see documentary.
She created a platform for me and four others to tell the real stories of what young African American youth are facing every time they wake up and visit the world they live in. You have policy makers creating rules about issues they know nothing about. The experience of having a platform like this to shape the views about African American youth is so powerful.
This film has broken barriers around racism, homosexuality, the urban family structure, committing a crime, and being an overachiever. When people hear our stories it allows them to examine themselves and change their views about life. When people think they know the truth about issues, they don’t like to hear it from others. But when people see the film and hear the truth it changes their whole perspective on what they thought the truth was.
This has a big impact on everyone because we need to help our youth in order to create a better future for generations of youth. When people hear my story about my life they make a judgment, whether they know me or not. But what they don’t know is how those failures in my life brought me to be successful in the work that I do to help others.
I challenge policy makers to see this film and really open the dialogue to create more policies that will ultimately set forth the change for our African American youth.