After listening to the co-founder of The Black Panther Party, Bobby Seale, speak, and being fired up with black pride and a resilient willingness to make a change, I sat down with one of Savannah’s young movers and shakers who is already doing just that. This young progressive greenlit my request to briefly peer into his world as an “upcoming activist”.
Phillip Davis, an East Savannah native and avid aesthete, opened up about his helping hand reaching in to the community and how his recent project effects his outlook on the children today.
SA: Do you yourself…, how important do you think writing really is for young black children?
PD: Oh, writing and reading is extremely important. Nowadays, I mean, who’s reading anymore? I encourage all my friends to write…It helps to express your thoughts, it helps to organize, plan… [it’s] extremely important to me. How do you know what’s going on in the world if you don’t read?
SA: That’s awesome! Right now, you are donating to Flint, Michigan. Tell me how that started and what is the end goal here?
PD: It started, as an idea honestly. We were sitting in a meeting and my friend asks me “hey, you see what’s going on in Flint”? And I’m like, no. I don’t know how I didn’t know. I saw an ad and it touched me, and I immediately jumped on making a flier. I contacted United Way…I don’t know if I’m pronouncing this right, but [Genesee] County, I contacted them so we could have somewhere to ship the water or at least have somebody once we got the money we could send them a gift card or something. But the goal is to raise $2,000, collect as much water as we can and send that by the end of February 2016.
SA: Any last words you’d like to share with the youth of Savannah?
PD: Get active! Get in the community, I mean, it’s so much more out here to see, to do, to be and people to meet. My story isn’t this straight path that I thought it would be and I’m kinda glad it wasn’t. Was it hard? Yes; but I’m glad I’m able to follow my passion, so I’ll leave it at that. Follow your passion.