Viola Williams has spoken out about the power of speech.
Her new book is called, “This is my Life.”
It’s about a life spent in an oppressive environment that she says is often a “crisis of our times.”
“What I feel is so much more important than my own life is to create the space for others to speak up for themselves, their families, their communities,” Williams said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“What we need is to have that dialogue, the space where we can have a space for people to speak out.”
Williams also spoke about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling it a “revolution.”
“It’s a movement that is taking over the world, and it is an uprising,” Williams told the Times.
“I feel like the revolution is not happening in a vacuum.
It’s happening because of all the black people out there who are taking up the fight for the rights of others.”
Williams has been a voice for social justice since the ’90s, when she became a vocal advocate for Black people after being robbed at gunpoint in New York City.
Williams is also a frequent contributor to the Black Liberation Movement (BLM), which calls for the liberation of black people and the liberation and self-determination of all people of color.
She was also a founding member of the International Black Liberation Organization (IBLO), a group founded in 1992.
“We’re living in a time when, in many ways, it’s becoming more and more difficult for people of all different races and ethnicities to have a voice, and that’s a really important message,” she told the Los Angeleno Times in 2017.
“So I’m very hopeful, and I’m going to continue to speak and I hope people will keep listening.”