Sakia Gunn, was a daughter, and a woman who lived her life honestly and openly. Sakia, never wanted to be anyone but her true self. Some of us should question our own teachings, and hatred toward anyone that lives their life openly. Sakia never made it to her Sweet 16 Birthday.. Never had a chance to fight for her cause. She had two strikes against her,being black and being a lesbian. Sakia, an openly gay and black really would fight many battles.
Sadly, Sakia lost her life because of who she was and what she believed. Her honesty and pride with her self, was too much for a disturbed man. Sakia’s story has been whispered around urban neighborhoods. It’s time for her life to be remembered, as brief as it descended.
Sakia was a 15-year-old teenager walking home with her friends in Greenwich Village. As she was walking and getting ready to go home, men were flirting and trying to get their attention. Sakia Gunn ignored their advances. When Sakia and her friends walked away they told the men that they were lesbians. Sakia’s murderer decided to get out the car, and stab Sakia Gunn in front of her friends. You can also watch her movie and read more about her life and read more about her tragedy.
Sakia died in her cousins arms. Sakia’s life and death were detailed in “Dreams Deferred:The Sakia Gunn Film Project.”
Your life is about choices, and honesty within yourself. Sakia knew who she was and was not afraid to tell the world. This little girl, did not get press and of course attention,but that is why at messymandella.com we will always remember people who the FOX and CNN and other news outlets have forgotten.