In this emotional talk, high-school senior Julianna Davis talks about the shortcomings of the US Justice System — and how it failed to protect the rights of African-American people. Faced with discrimination herself, Julianna introduces multiple anecdotes to prove how the system has failed her fellow black citizens.
Black women and southern trees suffer from a similar affliction. They are marked to be the tellers and bearers of truth in a world socially constructed to destroy them. Social justice educator, Monica Johnson explores the parallels of her identity development and the life and legacy of the great Billie Holiday. This talk uncovers the day that Monica comes to understand what being a Black woman born and raised in the American south truly affords her. Monica asks the audience to stop and listen to an uncomfortable truth about the burden that Black women are forced to carry. Monica uses the legacy of Billie Holiday’s world renowned performance of “Strange Fruit” to explain what great cost Black women pay to expose the world to the truth. ---