Kara Best, Beacon of Change, ON Inauguration Day

Kara started with community involvement in elementary school with a nonprofit called SPEAK, where she worked with teens at Google headquarters. At the onset of  middle school she organized March For Our Lives and had a zoom call with Elizabeth Warren related to this organization in Spring of 2020.

After the murder of George Floyd Kara Best was on “How To Talk With Kids About Race In America/Nightly News:Kids Edition” with Lester Holt.

Kara made her first appearance on the “On Alchemy” series Summer 2020 after she had participated in peaceful protests in Santa Monica.

I was so impressed by her presence, her light, her perspective that I asked her to be a part of the Ascension team of Ascension Media as our “Beacon of Change.”

When I was watching the inauguration this morning and listening to Amanda Gorman I thought “I wonder what 15 y/o Kara is thinking and feeling right NOW?”

Let’s find out:

***Kara and I were both so inspired and referenced this in the show:

“My Granddaughter, Amanda Gorman, has been selected to read one of her original poetry works at the Biden/Harris Inauguration on January 20.  Such a proud day.  Our family – from slavery to the podium of a Presidential Inauguration.”
~Vill Harmon
Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman moved the country with her poem “The Hill We Climb” during today’s inauguration. Here is an excerpt:
“We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be—a country that is bruised, but whole, benevolent, but bold, fierce, and free. We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation. Our blunders become their burdens. But one thing is certain, if we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.”