"Our Stories" were written and produced by Garcelle Franklin. Garcelle is a graduate student at the University of Denver and a fellow for Rocky Mountain PBS.
This series explores the celebrations and marginalization of underserved communities that often go unnoticed. "Our Stories" aim to bring knowledge and awareness to overlooked areas by allowing community members to shape their own narratives by sharing their stories. We hope that these videos shed light on what is happening in local areas and show people how they can create change in their own communities.
DENVER — In 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement erupted across America.
When Minneapolis police officers took George Floyd's life and Breonna Taylor’s life was stolen in her sleep, many Americans began to acknowledge the racial injustice dividing our country. As more names became hashtags, Black lives started to become the center of conversations throughout 2020.
RTD Director and local leader Shontel Lewis spoke with Rocky Mountain PBS about how problems in the Black community escalated throughout 2020 and beyond.