Some of our students have shared their reflections on what Black History Month means to them. Read below to read them.
Andrea Huerta, Class of 2022
“You may shoot me with your words. You may cut me with your eyes. You may kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I’ll rise.” -Maya Angelou
Black History Month is not just a month of remembrance. It’s a time of inspiration as I reflect on the incredible bravery displayed by leaders of the Black community, not just in history, but to this day. Civil rights leaders have selflessly fought for a more equal and just society, so that BIPOC students, like myself, have a chance at a better future. Black history month is an opportunity to learn and celebrate Black history and how the accomplishments of this community positively impacts our daily lives. This month is also an opportunity to use our personal platforms and privilege to be a vocal ally for those whose voices aren’t heard and have difficult conversations with loved ones and/or colleagues to address issues, such as anti-Blackness, systemic racism, the BLM movement, etc. Other ways to honor the black community is by supporting black owned businesses and by showing up for Black folx who have consistently shown up and fought in the name of justice. As Maya Angelou said, we must continue to rise like air, but all while uplifting our communities. Never forget: all lives will not matter until Black lives matter.
Divya Reddy, Class of 2021
To Nina Simone, whose strong voice has moved me greatly whether proclaiming great joy or denouncing injustice with her music. I hope that I can move forward with my future endeavors with the same genuinity and bravery.
To Nina Simone.
Linda Vang, Class of 2023
To me, Black History Month is a reminder to be a better ally. It means doing more than posting a black square on Instagram, not being silent when a relative or friend says something racist, listening to Black narratives, supporting Black businesses, and learning more about the injustices that continue to plague the Black community. This includes understanding why there is medical mistrust among Black folx and other communities of color (think Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Henrietta Lacks, and forced sterilization of inmates).
To me, every month should be Black History Month. We should continuously celebrate Black lives, value Black accomplishments and especially uplift Black girls, womxn and transwomxn.
I encourage you all to find some time this month — amidst your exams, practicals and NBEO studying; your residency and job interviews; your qualifying exams — to learn a little more about Black History.