Savvy is one of my dearest friends. We met a few years ago, right before the pandemic when she followed me on Twitter, but she worked hard to get my attention. At different times we joined Writers and Editors of Color, and through that amazing group of writers, we found and forged a friendship of our own.
Savvy is a writer, a journalist, and a fantastic human being. She’s been very open about her mental health issues and helped me to cohost Survivor’s Connection this year. She made a wonderful addition to the panel and gave us a lot to think about as she described her symptoms and talked about her various diagnosis.
Savvy also writes about racism. You can find all of her content on Medium.com but I’ve been trying to convince her lately to start her own website. One of the reasons that I love Savannah is that she talks about how shy she is, and then she shows you how unafraid she really is. She advocates for herself as well as other women of color, and she supports the idea that every voice matters.
Savannah grew up in the southern American states and lives in a very racist town where she faces racism daily from her white counterparts who have no problem making themselves known. And still, Savannah Worley gets up every single day and still fights against the world for her fair share of it. She inspires, she challenges, and she genuinely believes that humans can do better.
Savannah loves to talk to others on Sunday during the weekly WEOC Writer’s Speaker Series that takes place through Twitter Spaces, and she also loves to listen.
She’s a truly great listener. I am writing about her today for Women’s Month because I want the world to know that SAvannah Worley was and continues to be great before she’s gone. I want to make sure that when the time comes these words are made clear to the world: Savannah Worley is a fighter and a soldier in every way that matters.
I want the world to know that I found in this very scary and horrible place, a sister light, who shows me the way and helps me see things in ways I wouldn’t have if not for her guidance. She teaches me to be a better writer sure, but she most definitely teaches me to be a better person.
I want to honor my friend by sharing some of my favorite pieces from her.
You Can Say Her Name Is Brianna Ghey Without Using #SayHerName
Sending all my love,
Devon J Hall
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