I have always hated you. I have desperately wanted to leave you. Tonight is so different though. I have never been proud to call you my hometown and I have never felt the need to stay. But, tonight is different. Tonight I ache. I yearn for a new city for my children to be proud of, to feel safe in. I yearn for change and for a love to sweep across our city like never before. A love so strong we cry out demanding this change to happen. That our tears may soak the streets and pave the way for something new.
We have a chance to be a voice to our city. A beacon of change. I pray that we can all come together as Hamptonians to bring about this change together. Embrace your neighbor. Hold your babies tight and never give up hope for a brighter tomorrow.