“I’m about to start my movement at Simmons. It’s going to be called Let’s Talk About It. My vision is for our generation to be able to speak up and change what’s going on around us because they’re trying to erase our history and memory of who we are. Let’s talk about it. It’ll be a growing thing to get our black community up and going again because we’ve been sleep for so many years. It’s time to wake up and start coming together, like every other race.
To be honest, my friend Keion, who is an artist, grew up in Sheppard Square. That’s where he jumped off the porch, not in a bad but a good way. That’s where his struggle came from. He was just telling me about how they have torn down everything, up east. He doesn’t even like going there anymore because all of the places that he once knew are all gone.
A few months ago, we were walking through Beecher and that pain that Keion felt, I felt it. When they tear down Beecher Terrace, it’s like all my memories will be gone. I’m not gonna have that anymore.
It’s just something in me that wants to start a movement. We can’t change what’s already out there but we can start something new. Together, we are strong. If we’re separate, we’re weak. I can’t do anything without you and my community. I need people to stand with me. Together, we’re strong.” - Davie, Russell