with eyes open wide
It’s very powerful to see someone stand up for the rights of someone of a different race, background, sex, nationality, socio-economic status, etc. To me, that is a courageous and beautiful soul.
Yuri Kochiyama was one of those persons. With no previous ties to activist work, she befriended black and Puerto Rican neighbors in Harlem and couldn’t hold herself back when she saw the injustices that they experienced on a daily basis.
Even with a husband and 6 children at home, she made time to attend rallies, organize support across races, and frequently opened her home up for planning purposes and meetings. Over the rest of her life, she protested the Vietnam War and fought for unjust prison sentences.
Mrs. Kochiyama passed away on June 1st at the age of 93. May she forever rest in peace and may her legacy and power live on.