One man’s message of acceptance spreads across the nation


After gaining national attention for standing outside a mosque with a handmade sign declaring “You Belong. Stay Strong. Be Blessed. We are one America,” Natchitoches Native Justin Normand was invited to speak at a “Protect Our Muslim Neighbors Rally” at the State Capital in Denver Feb. 4.

The event was organized by a group in Denver called the Community for Unity, which was inspired by Normand’s sign and his call for all of us to protect our Muslim neighbors.

“It was a blessing to be asked to speak to the Protect Our Muslim Neighbors Rally in Denver,” said Justin. “An estimated 12,000 attended, people with a bright outlook and a passion to make things better for their neighbors, their nation, and themselves. Many Muslims attended, but the vast majority were of other faiths like me. As my speech concluded, we sang “America The Beautiful” together. I came away happy at the resolve, the camaraderie, and the patriotism, more determined than ever to let my fellow Americans know that we ALL have a seat at America’s table.”
My speech can be viewed or linked here: