"Justice For Girls"

Our Sweet Auburn Experience

Written by

 Geori McCoy, Emmett Till Player &

Victoria Pannell, Emmett Till Ambassador of Peace

2/4/14

Whatever you do...never let them begin our history with slavery. - Asa G. Hillard III

While the rest of the country was getting ready for the Super Bowl, as representatives of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, we were traveling to Atlanta, Georgia for a duel purpose trip.  The Sweet Auburn Experience joined with the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation (MTMMF), Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), and the African American Panoramic Experience Museum (APEX) to bring awareness to young girls; informing them of the rapidly growing, worst crime facing humanity today...HUMAN and CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING.  Sex trafficking can be pursued in many ways, through social media, friends, strangers or even family members.  We learned how posting pictures on social media websites can lead to kidnapping and trafficking.  Modern day slavery generates 39 billon dollars per year, and the average child trafficked is 13-years-old.  The average life expectancy for sex trafficked victims is 7 years.  In some cases the trafficked victims can relapse up to seven times before they get through a full healing program.

Child Sex Trafficking Is The Second Largest Crime In The World &

Collectively We Are Working Hard to Stop It!

 After learning about Modern Day Slavery we were able to tour the APEX Museum.  Throughout the museum we experienced real life replicas of slaves, the boats they were shipped on and some of the basic artifacts of that time.  We also learned about some of the influential people who refused to be enslaved such as Henry "Box" Brown who shipped himself to freedom in a sealed small wooden box.

We visited the birth home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the King Center. Both were filled with artifacts about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  The best way to honor somebody is to follow their principles.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement resonated with Mamie Till Mobley.  Though she lost one child she gained many more.  Mamie Till Mobley was able to connect with Martin Luther King, Jr. because they both believed in JUSTICE and PEACE.  We believe that is why she chose his speeches to present all over again to the world through the Emmett Till Players...to remind us what we are fighting for.  The most touching part of the King Center was visiting Dr. King's crypt along side his beautiful wife Coretta Scott King surrounded by the eternal flame.

 
Following the King Center, our last stop on the Sweet Auburn Experience tour was visiting the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) where we met Mr. Charles Steele, President of the SCLC. The SCLC is a group of professionals who come together to fight social injustice and economically refurbish Sweet Auburn.

We were both touched and inspired by the amazing historical experiences. Each girl, including ourselves, walked away with a message we will never forget: It takes two to speak the truth, one to speak and another to hear. - Henry David Thoreau"