Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests.
An important historic moment in Georgia was sadly overshadowed by violence in the nation’s capitol, provoked by the inflammatory rhetoric of the outgoing (but, unfortunately, not-yet-gone) president.
It was a moment a long time coming for Georgia. After years, decades even, of voter manipulation, outright discrimination against certain members of the population, and electoral conduct that made many sick to their stomach, a dedicated and organized movement was born to flip the Senate, and it centered on two Senate races in Georgia.
Voters turned out in droves to determine the fate of not only their state, but the entire government for the next few years, and it was a moment as amazing as it was gratifying.
One particular woman has received well-deserved praise for her role in making this moment possible. Through speeches, fund-raising, hard work, and incredible resolve, she won the day for many.
But she did not do so alone. Many women of color contributed to this amazing moment, and today’s puzzle is dedicated to several of them.
This 21×20 grid is unusual not only for its non-standard size, but also for its presentation. I have purposely grayed out most of the traditionally black boxes so that the ones that remain spell out a suitable visual representation of what these women achieved.
I also purposely surrounded those black squares with the names of these women and some of the organizations they run, hoping to recreate in puzzle form exactly what these women and these groups did: they surrounded and protected Georgia, even as they helped flip it.
I hope this puzzle serves to both engage you as a solver and encourage you to learn more about these inspiring women and the causes they serve.
[Click this link to download a PDF of this puzzle.]
If you have suggestions for more topics for me to cover in future puzzles, please let me know. If you’re a person of color and you’d like to share a puzzle of your own, or to collaborate with me on a puzzle, please let me know.
If you’re a member of the LGBTQ community, and you have ideas, please let me know. If you’re a trans person, or a non-binary individual, and you feel underrepresented in puzzles, please let me know.
I would like this to become something bigger, but hopefully, this is at the very least a start.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for standing up, speaking up, and fighting the good fight.
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