Michelle Turner joined a peaceful protest in Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento, California. She had joined other peaceful protestors to demonstrate in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
However, she never would have imagined that her night would result in heavy losses. She is a healthcare service provider and a single mom to two boys.
Michelle returned to her car when the protest was over to find it vandalized. There was glass all over the place; the sunroof was damaged, the doors had been broken, and windows kicked in.
The damage had been done by vandals who were destroying property as they marched through the streets. The magnitude of the damage was so much for her to bear, and she stood there distressed.
As she was probably calculating how much the repairs would cost, a stranger passed by. He noticed her in agony beside her wrecked car. The stranger’s name is Berry Accius, a known loud voice for social justice reforms in Sacramento. Berry went over to her to console her.
Berry is a youth activist and a community organizer in Sacramento. He knew that he needed to offer some sort of help in addition to compassion. As he gave her a shoulder to cry on, literally, he knew he needed to offer more.
Accius said that he felt the responsibility to stop and help this new friend he’d found.
“Black women are the ones that stand in the gap when black men die,” Accius said as he emphasized why humanity should prevail.
The following day, the two met up. With a big hug and a big check, Berry demonstrated how humanity looks like to the appreciative Turner.
She had a few words to say of the young people who destroyed her car. “Someone should tell these kids to stop breaking stuff, it will not solve anything,” she appealed.