Jae Henderson is no stranger to the written word. As President of Put It In Writing Professional Writing Service & PR she spearheads the PR and social media for several businesses and nonprofits. Also a freelance writer, her articles have been featured in various local publications and she routinely shares her thoughts about issues affecting women on her motivational blog, www.imagoodwoman.com. Jae is a published author of eight books which include her Someday trilogy, Things Every Good Woman Should Know I and II, Husband Wanted and Where Do We Go From Here I and II, which she co-authored with Mario D. King. Each summer, the native Memphian hosts The Little Writers workshop where she uses her expertise to instruct youth ages 7 - 12 on the fundamentals of crafting a good story. Prior to doing PR, Jae served as the Director of Community Affairs for Clear Channel Radio (now iHeart Media). While there, she organized community events and produced/co-hosted the talk show On Point. She even served as a contributing writer for the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. Jae is a graduate of The University of Memphis and holds a BA in Communications and an MA in English. Jae has been recognized with numerous awards for her various efforts and has been featured in U.S. Today, The Undefeated, The Commercial Appeal, The Memphis Business Journal, The New Tri-State Defender and various other publications. She enjoys helping others and volunteers her time with the April 4th Foundation, Girlz Life, Room In The Inn and The Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis.
The way that racism has gripped the United States over the past few months I almost have to pinch myself to see if I’m in the middle of a nightmare. The senseless killings of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers, teens slammed to the ground during a pool party, nine worshippers murdered in cold blood at church–is this how far we’ve come? Race has always been a tense topic but these occurrences have shined a bright light on the ugly realities that still exist.
It has also exposed a law enforcement system that seeks to take care of its own even if they are wrong and a legal system that must too-often be prompted to act by massive public outcry. It is sad that in 2015 we must deal with such atrocities and men and women of all races must once again join hands and wage civil war to get justice. This week’s Me Want One Wednesday feature is a collection of social justice pins designed by native Memphian, Elliott Sayles.
Let everyone know that you are paying attention to the injustices being committed in the black community and you will not stand for it because BLACK LIVES MATTER! You may also like the HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT and I CAN’T BREATHE pins, too. Consider this part of your public stand. We, as lovers of humanity can no longer sit by and wait for the justice system to avenge the innocent. Unfortunately, it has proven too many times before that doesn’t always happen. I pray one day that America can truly mirror the words found in the Declaration of Independence that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The pins are currently on sale for the discounted price of $6.00. Order yours at www.handsupworld.com.
This is not a black problem. This is not a white problem. This is a people problem. Don’t let these tragic events further divide America. Allow it to heal American by exposing the infected parts so they can be extracted.