I normally keep political views out of our business, believing there is a place and time for those… but I have to share what I took part in on January 21st. My original plan involved venturing up to DC so I could participate in the massive Women’s March there, but after a week long commercial shoot, I knew it wasn’t in me. Just as I was starting to feel defeated on my commitment, my gal pal Lindsay brought it to my attention that some amazing people in the Hampton Roads community pulled together our very own “sister” march! Without a doubt in my mind, I knew I had to be there with her, cameras in hand.
The diverse crowd gathered at the first rally point, around the front of the Chrysler Museum, at noon on Saturday, creating a sea of signs and pink hats. It seemed so fitting that we were all circled a statue titled “The Torchbearers”, that depicts the the passing of knowledge and light from one generation to the next. Somehow, Lindsay and I wove our way through all the people to be right up front so we were able to capture the enthusiastic speakers as they addressed us with determined messages. You can see the lineup below:
– Pam Northam, wife of Lt. Governor Ralph Northam
– Congressman Bobby Scott
– Barbara Hamm Lee, host of Another View
– Daun Sessoms Hester, former Vice Mayor of Norfolk
– Brenda Hughes Andrews, publisher of The New Journal & Guide
– Lisa Suhay, writer and community organizer
– Gaylene Kanoyton, 1st Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Va
– Delegate Lionell Spruill Sr.
– Linda Brooks, Virginia Democratic Women’s Caucus
– Delegate Joe Lindsey
After the final speaker, the organizers lead us in chants of change and we started our march towards the second rally point – a community space known as The Plot. It was incredible to witness and be part of this sea of people – all races, all walks of life – out together for the common cause of protecting Human Rights. We sang, chanted, clapped and connected as our crowd moved through the streets of Norfolk. I could go on and on about the emotions I felt but I’ll simply say that I can’t imagine being anywhere else that day. My biggest takeaway was “Get Involved” – there are so many opportunities, large and small to make your voice heard! I plan to continue to look for chances to share events through photography and lend helping hands. Many thanks to to the organizers, city officials and law enforcement that made this peaceful demonstration possible.