Stormiyah Denson-Jackson’s measure aims to change the legal system that devalues Black life.
WASHINGTON — “Hold on! Hold on to Jesus, just trust in Him, believe His word!,” sang Emanuel Baptist Church choir members during a late evening rehearsal.
The house of worship located on Ainger Place Southeast is where this story begins. It’s a place 12-year-old Stormiyah “Storm” Denson-Jackson called home. A place where she was embraced and was loved by a congregation of family.
In the church auditorium a room full of parishioners, one by one, gave their testimony of how the young girl could capture peoples’ attention with her presence when she spoke.
“Stormiyah was brave,” one church member said.
“She was loving,” an elderly church member added.
A woman, still wearing her health care attire said that Stormiyah was, “a graceful, powerful dancer in dance ministry.”
“She was in my Sunday school class,” a spiritual instructor said.
Her best friend, Drewnaya Holmes said,…