Shondaland herself, Ms. Shonda Rhimes introduced Black Lives Matter founders, Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors, Opal Tometi at last night’s Glamour Women Of The Year Awards. During her introduction, Shonda quoted Frederick Douglass: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Shonda went on to describe the women as “patriots,” women who have “fundamentally altered the course of civil rights in America.
The three women she introduced were no strangers to struggle, but they’re responsible for an incredible amount of progress. In a powerful moment, Patrice Cullors got the audience to their feet and led them in reciting a mantra: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”