“Look for helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Mr. Rogers may have shared his mother’s words as a child decades ago, but they are more relevant than ever, as the global Black Lives Matter protests continue after George Floyd’s death on May 25, after the Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt over him. neck for almost 9 minutes, with the assistance of three other officers.
While some of the news that came out of the protests has been overwhelming at times, it is important to celebrate the acts of kindness and tokens of love that are shared because, as Mr. Rogers said, helpers are always there.
Throughout the week, stories have circulated detailing inspiring moments happening around the world, from a community gathered around their neighbor who was afraid to walk alone in their neighborhood, to three childhood best friends who gathered for a comforting gathering at a protest in Ireland.
THE THREE BEST FRIENDS THAT ANYONE COULD HAVE
Childhood best friends Kiitan Amao, Moyo Badun and Sean Hill unexpectedly became a viral sensation when they reunited at a protest in the small Irish town of Dundalk, with the three men celebrated after two photos from their childhood. and the current day will circulate online.
Kiitan said to E! News that the response to his photos “has been crazy.” But he added that he is happy that he and his childhood friends can show the world that “the support of [their] city was overwhelming.”
As for what he hoped his friendship with Sean and Moyo would represent, Kiitan wanted people to know “that if you come together and love each other, you can achieve a lot.”
A POWERFUL PATH OF THE DISTRICT
When Nashville hairstylist Shawn Marqus Dromgoole turned to social media to share his fear of walking in his own neighborhood, his neighbors and community gathered around him.
After one of her messages expressed her fear of leaving her home: “Today I wanted to walk again and I couldn’t leave the porch. Then I called my mother and she said she would walk with me … She still had my ID me and my phone in my hand but I walked. “- was shared in the Nextdoor app, his neighbors appeared to walk with him.
“I was afraid to walk alone in my childhood neighborhood, because I was afraid of not living to see another day,” he captioned photos on Instagram. “When I shared this fear with my neighbors, they said we will walk with you. This is just the beginning.”
LOOKING FOR ANOTHER ONE FOOD AT A TIME
Food is one of the main ways people connect, and two coworkers in Queens are showing their support for protesters in Brooklyn by feeding them.
“My coworker and I made 400 meals and 200 dessert trays for protesters in Brooklyn who may not be able to access food during these chaotic times,” Leo Dalesandro tweeted this week, along with photos of the meals they made. “We have to do what we can to help.”
Since then a GoFundMe, “Feeding the Fight Againt Racism,” has started to raise funds for kitchen supplies and ingredients to continue to provide as many packed lunches as possible for protesters.
HAVING A BALL
In Philadelphia, teens Stephania Ergemlidze and Khalil Gardner dragged a basketball hoop through town as a way to unite protesters and police and provide a break from the tension.
“I’ve always used basketball to try to unite people!” Said a sign they carried with the hoop. “Today is a day that I think we need the most!”
“The main goal was to get the police and protesters to work together and play together, which I’m happy to say we saw today!” Stephania, who organized the Dunking on Racism GoFundMe, wrote on the page. “I don’t know if what I’m doing is the answer, but I hope it can at least do some good for my brothers and sisters in the POC community, as well as the philly community at large.”
“Make history while witnessing history.”
While protesting in Raleigh, North Carolina, Xavier Young knelt down and proposed to Marjorie Alston, and Xavier told E! News that the proposal almost did not happen since she is pregnant and he had previous obligations. “I didn’t want her there alone,” she explained, before continuing to say she was able to cancel her plans and “sneak” the ring with the essentials she was packing.
And when he knelt down, “boom, proposal,” as he told us, a photographer, Charles Crouch, was standing close to the couple and documenting the special moment.
Crouch later shared three of the photos he took that day, along with the caption: “I went downtown to protest against police brutality. I was blessed to capture this proposal in the midst of what would become chaos.”
THE POWER OF WORDS
Zay Jones, a big receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders, took to Twitter to reveal his heartwarming interaction with an old white woman while she was shopping with her cousin.
While at the store, the woman approached the couple and said, “I’m from Minneapolis [and] I just want you to know that you matter.”
“I could see that [he was] very sincere and sincere,” the NFL star later told Good Morning America, then asked permission to hug her in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. “I felt it was the right thing. And in an instant, she just fell into my arms and started crying.”
After the meeting, Zay had taken to social media, with her tweets going viral and getting over 826,000 likes. “I did not receive her name, but I am grateful for the encounter,” she wrote. “There are still beautiful hearts. Be the example. Be the light. Love others.”