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Misty Copeland

What Black History Means to me

Black history is American history. We are celebrating all the ways our history has  shaped the culture and continues to push the nation to align with its  ideals. 

Black history is a celebration of how we push back against systems and beliefs of the zero sum game, scarcity, and the lie that for one to win others must lose. Black History is a celebration of community and making room for others to thrive. Black history is kindness and inclusivity.

Black history is the celebration of the struggle. The struggle for justice and equality, not just for our people but for every American. Black history is the celebration of our humanity and compassion that extends to all  mankind. Black history is the celebration of our freedom from oppression without seeking to oppress or retaliate.

Black History is the celebration of hope. A hope that never fails and shines bright in the midst of this present darkness. A hope born out of the belief that we are bending the moral arc of the universe toward truth and justice. 

Black history is a celebration of how far the Lord has brought us in spite of the forces set against us. We are saying Thank you Lord, because we don’t look like what we’ve been through! It is the celebration of an abiding belief in a God who is good, kind and committed to justice. 

Black history is the celebration of our global impact in  music- Jazz, Rap, Reggae, Afrobeats, Classical. It is a celebration of our food traditions brought to America from Senegal and Guinea. Black history is beauty, a black that never cracks, of bathing and moisturizing rituals passed down from generation to generation.

Black history is shea butter, cocoa butter and castor oil. Black history is a celebration of our hair styled with pride. Black history is technology and innovation, finding solutions to big problems through our unique lens.

Black History is the American History that inspires and moves us to embrace a more perfect union. 

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