Noth­ing but the grave for those scared to live!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Kayra Wil­liams

As part of In­ter­na­tional Women's Day on March 8, women have pledged to show the world what life would be like with­out them. For­tu­nately it was last Sun­day that ac­tress Vi­ola Davis de­liv­ered an emo­tional speech at the Acad­emy Awards after win­ning the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress award. The glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony was a re­fresh­ing break from im­mi­gra­tion and other prob­lems that have be­come the norm across the seas, with hu­man­ity seem­ingly nonex­is­tent in the vo­cab­u­lary of some in the high­est of­fices.

In tears, Vi­ola used the op­por­tu­nity to re­mind the world of a solid truth: “There's one place where all the peo­ple with the great­est po­ten­tial are gath­ered: the grave­yard.”

Truer words had never been spo­ken. The ac­tress con­tin­ued: “Peo­ple ask me all the time, ‘What sort of sto­ries do you want to tell, Vi­ola?' And I say, ‘Ex­hume those bod­ies. Ex­hume those sto­ries. The sto­ries of the peo­ple who dreamed big, and never saw those dreams to fruition. Peo­ple who fell in love, and lost.'”

On Os­cars day, Vi­ola re­minded the world of the uncer­tainty of time, and the fragility of life, some­thing that seemed to have been for­got­ten in light of ev­ery­thing else mak­ing the news. Awarded for her role as Rose in Fences, Vi­ola was thank­ful for hav­ing be­come an artist be­cause she felt it was the only pro­fes­sion that truly cel­e­brated what it meant to live. The movie it­self was, in her words, about “peo­ple, and words, and life, and for­give­ness, and grace”.

As for the Day With­out a Woman Strike, women can get in­volved by tak­ing a day off work, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers, “whether you are paid or un­paid”, for­go­ing shop­ping (or choos­ing small, women- and mi­nor­ity-owned busi­nesses), or wear­ing red in sol­i­dar­ity with those par­tic­i­pat­ing in and sup­port­ing the strike.

Happy In­ter­na­tional Women's Day!

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