I am grateful for all the photographs of black boys and men that helped make up this project. I received a significant amount from parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends – essentially the village that helps to raise a child and is in turn devastated when a child’s life is taken and becomes the focus of a national debate.  For many people, the phrase “black lives matter” is political or controversial, but I hope this poem conveys that for many of us, it is personal.

With love,


2 Responses

  1. Benjamin Saulsberry

    I heard a few of your pieces in D.C. at the Museum almost two weeks ago and I was in awe of your work! To say your good at what you do is an understatement. Keep pressing and keep speaking; you have something the nations need to hear. God bless.

    • SheryLeigh

      Thanks so much for your encouragement. It is always a blessing to know my words have touched others. I will definitely keep pushing! God bless.


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