Lakea Shepard, a Winston-Salem native, has asked herself in recent years: What does it mean to protect myself and how do I do it? The question crept into her dreams, and one night, she dreamed that a young Black boy was shot in front of her.
“It made me think about myself, being in a brand new city,” she said. “How am I going to protect myself from the world around me?”
The ways that many people protect themselves is through weapons. That’s what her father did. But as a Black woman, she wasn’t allowed to touch her father’s gun.
January 13, 2022