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  • Translator: Delia Cohen Reviewer: Ellen Maloney

  • My name is Tameka Deanna Flowers,

  • and today my idea is to share with you

  • a story of how storms should never ever be silent.

  • This is a story of a little girl

  • who went through many silent storms.

  • This little girl also ended up causing major storms

  • for herself, as well as others.

  • You know, I remember this little girl.

  • She was just the cutest little thing.

  • She was so happy, I mean she was just

  • so happy

  • She was the only child; she was full of life.

  • She wasn't quite nine yet,

  • and she had her whole life ahead of her.

  • One magical night,

  • her daddy did things to her that he liked.

  • Oh, but she knew

  • oh, she knew

  • She knew it wasn't right.

  • That was a storm.

  • The storm

  • and the silence

  • and the destruction

  • that he had caused

  • that daddy caused

  • That now

  • she has rebuilt

  • And she continues reconstructing

  • This little girl was taught at a very young age

  • that you must earn your keep in this world.

  • And she knew

  • that by doing her chores around the house,

  • it would get her a nice allowance

  • so she could by those jeans that she saw her girlfriends in school wearing.

  • Or those sneakers that she saw that boy have on in gym class.

  • And that book bag, that book bag

  • that she's always had her eye on.

  • Mom and dad would be really proud of her because she was a very good cleaner.

  • She cleaned the house from top to bottom

  • by removing this little red handheld torch

  • from underneath the sofa,

  • and this silver spoon

  • that was black char underneath the bottom.

  • You all know, the same spoon

  • that you mix your tea and your coffee with

  • from underneath the sofa cushions.

  • And this wire hanger, this broken wire hanger

  • with a little piece of cotton on the end.

  • That was a storm.

  • The storm

  • and the silence

  • and the destruction

  • that was caused

  • that now

  • she has rebuilt

  • and she continues reconstructing

  • This little girl is growing up fast.

  • She's going through growing phases.

  • She's in jazz, tap, and ballet classes. y'all.

  • She's taking flute lessons,

  • she's in synchronized swimming,

  • she's in musical plays.

  • And this little girl is traveling. Oh yes, she's traveling.

  • She's travels for

  • singing competitions

  • Here comes the boys, sex, and drugs.

  • Hey, it's not like she hasn't had the experience

  • of a couple of them already.

  • See, a few more of her family members

  • had their magical night with her.

  • This girl is almost legal to buy beer now,

  • but she's changed.

  • Oh, she's changed

  • I mean, she's really changed.

  • Drugs have become her way.

  • But the storms

  • the storms

  • The storms, they just keep coming.

  • Who is she?

  • What is she?

  • Where is she?

  • A life was taken by her hands.

  • She never knew such pain,

  • heartache, or embarrassment.

  • She never knew sorrow,

  • felt remorse, fear, or confusion

  • the way that she did that night.

  • This girl never knew that 20 years later

  • she'd still be living with those same feelings.

  • She didn't grow up on the streets, in society.

  • No. She grew up in prison.

  • She's a grown woman today,

  • 40 years of age,

  • mentally mature,

  • and she's well aware of the chain of events

  • that have occurred in her life.

  • And she wants nothing more

  • than to bring back what she has taken away.

  • So, inside these prison walls,

  • she does all that she can do to better herself

  • by getting an education, graduating,

  • by giving back

  • to help atone for all the wrongs that she has done.

  • That was a storm.

  • The storm

  • and the silence

  • and the destruction

  • that she had caused

  • that I had caused

  • that Tameka caused

  • that now

  • that now I have rebuilt

  • and i'll continue reconstructing

  • Listen.

  • Neighbors:

  • You all pay attention to the children on either side of you.

  • Communities:

  • Talk about what you see, and inquire about what you've heard.

  • Don't you dare step back and be silent.

  • I need you to step up and be loud, please.

  • And remember,

  • it does take a village to raise a child.

  • And you mothers:

  • Parent and protect your daughters

  • and you all remember that you're strong,

  • and you don't need a man.

  • And in saving your daughters, you are saving yourself

  • and the whole world from added destruction.

  • Oh, and you fathers out there:

  • Be a father to your baby girls.

  • And you all remember

  • that you are the first one to set the tone,

  • you are the first one

  • to make the powerful impression on your baby girls,

  • on how a man is supposed to treat a woman.

  • You know,

  • Mother Nature always sends her warning signs of a storm coming, right?

  • You got dark skies, you have thunder,

  • you have lightning, you have strong winds.

  • Well today, I'm Mother Earth,

  • giving you the warning signs of a silent storm.

  • And as for that story, and that little girl,

  • she is me, and I am she, and I am Tameka Deanna Flowers.

  • (Applause) (Cheers)

Translator: Delia Cohen Reviewer: Ellen Maloney

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