IF YOU'RE NOT OUTRAGED, YOU'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION!
A HEART FOR EQUITY
Heather D. Heyer was a young woman with a big heart and a passion for equity for all individuals. Her life was taken August 12, 2017 when a car plowed into a crowd of peaceful counter-demonstrators protesting a rally of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, and other white nationalist groups.
Heather was a high school graduate who worked for years as a waitress and bartender until 2012. She was given the opportunity to work at a local law firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather worked hard to become a paralegal and streamline processes in the office. She continued to voice her concerns and views about equality. Heather often expressed her deep frustration when others were being unjustly treated.
Although not a known activist, Heather spoke passionately on social media and in small groups of friends and family and with individuals. She asked people to explain why they believed what they believed. She would share facts and statistics with them to explain her points of view, but she also took the time to listen to what others were saying and feeling. She adopted the motto, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." (Author Unknown) to post as her Facebook profile cover in the year before she was killed.
Heather was deeply involved in taking a stand against injustice when she didn’t have to do so. She recognized the importance of using her white privilege to speak up for others. Her story also shows how a small act can make a big difference. She was an ordinary 32 year old woman who simply walked in support of her friends. And yet her story has had repercussions around the world.
The Heather Heyer Foundation was created to honor her memory. A scholarship program was created for individuals active in creating positive social change. For more information on scholarships, please visit our SCHOLARSHIPS page. We were able to do this thanks to the donations of you who also wanted to make positive social change.