Taquasia Haynesworth, a SUNY Broome Early Childhood Major, recently attended the Cyntoia Brown-Long keynote at BU with her fellow SUNY Broome Students. Here is what she had to say about her experience.
“My friends and I are thankful for the opportunity to go. I learned a lot about Cyntoia Brown-Long, one thing that stuck with me, that she mentioned, was ‘you may think that god has forgotten about you but his timing is impeccable, it may look like you may be in that position forever, but trust me when I tell you that when the sun sets free it’s free indeed’.
This part stuck with me because I believe in god… but everyday I had started to loose faith in myself. Once she said god has helped her through the battle with the system, that was something that touched my heart and changed my point of view. You may not be able to see or hear god but he is there, and I learned even more than I knew about god when Mrs. Long shared her views on it.
She is a strong women, she overcame a lot over 15 years sitting in a cell for a crime that should of been justified. She expressed her side of what happened, and what led up to her killing the guy who brought her for sex. I could do nothing but cry.
She was a great speaker. She kept it 100 percent, real and honest, about the choices she has made and how it affected her. I honor that, as an African American women in today’s society, we rule the world and it is up to us to make sure we are on point at all times.”