I know that as a black man I can’t afford to be closed.

Seven years ago, Byron discovers that he has two cancerous tumors on his bladder, and is facing a long road to his cancer-free diagnosis. He learns that the effects of the daily racism can literally grind down his health and destroy his quality of life. It’s only when he decides to let go of the anger and fear that he can truly heal.

“I know that as a black man I can’t afford to be closed. If I give into the anger and fear that I find within myself and in the world around me I won’t heal.”

Watch the video below of Byron performing his story, which debuted at Black Stories Matter: Truth to Power on June 21, 2019.

 

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