Welcome to the latest puzzle in my ongoing series, Eyes Open, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and other civil rights protests.
After an arduous year where so many lost so much — friends, loved ones, beloved idols and cultural icons, jobs, opportunities, faith in government, faith in people — we all hoped 2021 would be different.
While there are some reasons to be optimistic, it’s hard not to despair that this year will be more of the same. It’s particularly hard when those who inspire us are taken away.
The world lost a woman of incredible strength, class, and character this week. A woman who not only dictated how she would be represented, but how she would represent people like her. A woman whose career spanned seven decades and epitomized what it meant to stand up for what you believe in.
In preparation for this puzzle, I have read some incredible articles dedicated to her memory, and they use words like “purposeful and pioneering,” and it’s impossible to disagree. In particular, I must recommend this heartbreakingly wonderful piece by LZ Granderson that encapsulated so much of what I wanted to say, and in far grander, more eloquent fashion.
She was, and will continue to be, iconic. An inspiration to so many, at a time when inspiration is desperately needed.
I hope this puzzle serves to both engage you as a solver and encourage you to learn more about this amazing woman.
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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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