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Motivational MVP: Zianna Oliphant

Zianna Oliphant is consoled after addressing the Charlotte City Council during time for public comments, mainly concerning last week's Scott shooting, at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. (David T. Foster III | The Charlotte Observer) Zianna Oliphant is consoled after addressing the Charlotte City Council during time for public comments, mainly concerning last week's Scott shooting, at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. (David T. Foster III | The Charlotte Observer)
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From the mouth of babes, a scripture and statement from the Bible which came to life on Monday night when the Charlotte City Council opened the microphones to allow citizens from all walks of life to address the chaos which ensued after the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

When Zianna Oliphant stepped to the microphone you could literally hear a pin drop as the room silenced to allow the words of this young girl to possess them. Without fear she spoke.

"It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore,” she said. “It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. And we have tears. We shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”

“I’ve been born and raised in Charlotte,” Oliphant said. “And I never felt this way till now and I can’t stand how we’re treated. We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this. We shouldn’t have to protest because y’all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to and have rights."

It is because of her passion, emotion, and courage that we select her as our MVP.

For a child to speak on a topic which for her is close to home became the voice of reason for all black kids in Charlotte, and literally around the country. She said it, we heard it, and we must act to show her and others that their words are not mere words but points of action to correct a system which many believe has been broken. 

Zianna, you are an example of true character and we stand on your shoulders celebrating your courage!

- Coach LaMonte

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