BLACK VOICES

#MyBlackLifeMattersBecause Spreads Powerful Message That Race Shouldn't Affect One's Value

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 11:  A child uses a rag to shield her face from tear gas being fired by police who used it to force pro
FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 11: A child uses a rag to shield her face from tear gas being fired by police who used it to force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets as residents and their supporters protested the shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown who was killed Saturday in this suburban St. Louis community. Yesterday 32 arrests were made after protests turned into rioting and looting in Ferguson. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

While no one should have to justify why their life matters, the repeated narrative of unarmed black Americans being killed by police officers and vigilantes sends a sad message that African-American lives are not valued in this country.

So The Huffington Post Black Voices reached out to the community on social media to promote respect for all life and highlight declarations of the countless, wonderful and irrefutable reasons why black lives matter:

Here's what our community had to say:

HuffPost Readers: We want to know what being black in America today means to you*. You can email us with your story at openreporting@huffingtonpost.com, or call 860-348-3376 to leave us your story in a voicemail.

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