I can’t help being excited about Andrea Stanley’s story, “Meet the Black Women Who Rode Motorcycles Cross-Country to the March on Washington,” published in Cosmopolitan:
When they left from the west coast at 6 a.m. on Monday, there were just four women taking part in the cross-country trek, but two more joined in along the route. Once in Washington, they’ll meet up with hundreds of other riders who all traveled from around the country.
For the women of Black Girls Ride, being on a bike is all about “wind therapy” and a sisterhood and a passion, but this time, they’re riding for something else. “After watching what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, it really stirred something up in us,” says Porsche, speaking from the road using a hands-free system that allows her to take calls from her helmet. “We knew we wanted to fight these injustices from the front line. I feel like I’m watching civil rights regress in this country and if we don’t stand up and speak up, we’ll be right back where we started.”
[Porsche Taylor, founder of Black Girls Ride] used the long, seemingly endless stretches of highway to come up with what she’s going to say. “I don’t want to let my community down,” she says. “But ultimately, my message is simple: We’re all here at the March because we’ve still got a long road to travel. And if we don’t start at Mile One—voting this November—we’ll never get to our destination.” This time, we can’t just let it ride.