Proving Lives Matter One Project at a Time
Whether the terms inspire you or offend you, the country is experiencing a division regarding the terms “Black Lives Matter” versus “All Lives Matter.” Many raise questions about the intention of the user of either term. Is anybody listening to the voices of the community? There are some who are listening; they are acting with sincere intention.
There are entrepreneurs in the community, though not as visible or verbal, who prove every day that lives matter. The often overlooked small business such as staffing companies or moving and installation companies are in the trenches supporting the community through the altruistic avenue of employment. If there is ever a way to prove that lives matter, it is to hire somebody.
Consider Jason, the day he receives his first paycheck! See him walking into the credit union to make the deposit with a pleasing smile on his face and his head slightly tilted in the “I earned this” position; the thrill of independence is all too noticeable. Day after day, he gains confidence as his work ethic and acumen in his position increase.
One community-minded entrepreneur, Angelo McEachin, owner of Topshelf Installerz and Moverz, Inc., a moving and installation company, is listening. “We take pride in our furniture technicians being courteous and well-dressed and trained to handle projects in a professional way,” he says. “The belief is that a win-win opportunity exists when our workers experience achievements that reward persistence or when the community benefits when our business is involved in a community volunteer project.”1 Such entrepreneurs are making a difference every day, project by project, in the lives of people like Jason.
The act of protest is an instrument of change; a means of bringing to the front a voice that has not yet been heard. Employment is also a tool of change; a method of creating within the heart of despair a pulse of dignity, a sense that “my life matters.”
1McEachin, Angelo. July 14, 2016, http://www.topshelfinstallerz.com/aboutus/our-purpose/