I’m a proud black woman, dripping in melanin, with sun-kissed skin, kinky hair (sometimes), and a strong presence.  A beautiful and powerful Queen raising a handsome prince and beautiful princess.   

Slavery, segregation, equal rights, racial profiling, acceptance, education, all because of the color of our skin!  These are the things that some of the most prominent black leaders fought for.  Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Madam C.J. Walker, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Barack and Michelle Obama, just to name a few.  These are also things we are still, in 2020,  fighting for.

I fear for my prince and princess.  It’s scary to think about it!  I have to teach them about the disadvantages they were born into as a black man and woman.  How people will treat them differently because of the color of their skin, what they should say and do, or not say and do in case they are ever stopped/pulled over by law enforcement, and how nothing in life will be given to them.  

I do find joy in raising them to be proud of being black.  I want them to be black without apology.  They will be educated, they will be diverse, they will be strong, and they will be better than me. 

They will know, “ Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story ——because you do.  And you have a right to be exactly who you are.” _ Michelle Obama 

How has your black affected you?

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