Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Tariah Brown.
Tariah Brown and Richmond Police Captain Bisa French.
By Post Staff
“Given opportunities, we can all dream bigger and become successful in life,” said Tariah Brown, 10, speaking at the North Richmond Community Cultural Celebration on Saturday, June 29.
fifth grader urged her peers at the free family-fun community picnic to get involved in an activity they like, to “find something you love to do.”
Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Corky Booze recognized Tariah, and Congressman George Miller presented her with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her service to the community.
“My joy in life is cheerleading,” she said. “I love the physical training, the discipline of learning new routines, and the camaraderie that comes through all the hours together with the other girls on the team…Cheerleading has opened a whole new world for me.”
Brown has been cheerleading for the past four years and has competed as a SWAT All Stars Youth Divas Youth Prep Level I cheerleader. She has traveled to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Reno to participate in cheer competitions.
At the North Richmond community picnic, Brown encouraged her peers to dream big, realizing that opportunities such as hers can help youth succeed.
“It’s my prayer that doors can be opened for other youth to find what they love to do and reach their goals,” she said.
“We will no longer live in fear, and the chains of hatred shall be broken in the city of Richmond. ‘Yes We Can’ stop the violence in our city.”
“Children laughing, playing, and aspiring to be all they can be. Children, like me, given a chance because someone agreed to sponsor a youth. In order to break the chain, we must agree that every life has value and every child is worth saving,” Brown said, calling on the community to unite behind this effort.
Brown was previously featured in The Richmond Post and is still looking for sponsors to help with her cheerleading expenses. To make a donation, contact Diana Price at (510) 672-8149.