This book should be required reading for everyone—men, women, boys, girls—seriously, everyone.
I listened to the audiobook of Know My Name and heating Chanel’s words in her own voice brought so much more power to the book. Chanel is the type of woman I aspire to be and pray I raise. The sheer strength of her and her honestly and vulnerability was palpable.
I’ll never be able to give Know My Name proper justice. I’m grateful for her, her words, and her strength, and I want to leave you with Chanel’s words.
“And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. As the author Anne Lamott once wrote, “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you.”