Porsha Williams has been making headlines for all of the right reasons over recent months.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star has been traveling across the country, participating in Black Lives Matter protests — demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. Over just a few weeks, her supporters saw footage of the reality television star being chased, pepper-sprayed, and even arrested.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Williams credits her 16-month-old daughter Pilar for inspiring her to put it all on the line in the fight for justice.
“When I saw that video of George Floyd being murdered, I knew that I had to change the way I was moving,” she said. “That meant now I have to sacrifice myself, my finance, my brand, my everything, and put it all on the line for change.”
“I’m in the house trying to save my life and not put myself at risk to get this killer virus,” she told the publication. “And then here I am going out of my house again, now, to fight for my life and fight for African-Americans not to be killed in the street […] “because I have a little girl in the house. And it doesn’t take but a second for a mother to think about the fact that they want their child to be healthy, well and have a good life.”
Williams is the granddaughter of late civil rights activist Rev. Hosea Williams, a major figure in the struggle against segregation and served with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
She recalled the KKK throwing rocks at protesters when she attended a march with her granddaughter. She was just five years old.
“‘People are going to mistreat you because of the color of your skin.’ But then they also told me what the color of my skin meant: I am a queen, my brothers are kings,” Williams said. “My family taught us that this is something that’s important to them, and that is what they were fighting for.”
Williams pledges to keep fighting the good fight.