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Keelan - PATH Student

"Black history to me means honoring the sacrifices of those before me and appreciating that my ancestors came from royalty before they went into bondage."


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Catherine - CROWN Student

"Throughout History we learn about the successes, injustice, and moments that shape our country and our world overall. However, we neglect the fact that Black History Month is American History overall. America was built from the families that were sold off to slavery and forced into laboring the country that have become dominant over all others. Black history is the history of invention, innovation, movements, injustices and successes despite the challenges. It shows us how powerful a group of people can become before they even know it. How the world can see you as less and treat you terribly but in reality it feels threatened from letting black people see their true light and power. Black History Month gives us all hope to minorities because of their resilience they help all of us who fall behind too. Black history is World History is American History is more than the common names and special moments in time we are told again and again it is now, it is about being human, it is life."


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Jennifer Cannon - Coordinator of TRIO, Student Support Services

"Black History, in my point of view, means the true struggles of my people, the determination and will that was produced as a result of the struggles, and the effective and progressive change that has been in action for many years."


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Corey Robinson - TAMUT Counselor

"What does Black History mean to me? Black History is a good constant reminder of the sacrifices that our ancestors made for us today. I experience a range of emotions from disgust due to the many injustices to pride because of the many achievements and inventions. I also feel compelled to strive for more and not let the hard work of my ancestors go in vain."


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Sabrina - TAMUT Student, Student Ambassador

"Black History Month has always been an opportunity to shed light on the achievements of black Americans in our society. The ones who were overshadowed because of society standards. To acknowledge the boundaries black Americans in our history pushed and broke for their children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren to have the equal opportunities that they have today. I believe it is an opportunity to celebrate black American traditions and the growth that our society has accomplished and the continued fight for equal human rights."


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Darrylynn - CROWN Student

"Black History month is a time where we reflect upon history to motivate, inspire and encourage black people. Remembering not only the adversity, but the successful moments that black people have encountered. It is a humbling experience that reminds us of our roots, as well as a  the power and resilience within our D.N.A. This monumental moment gives us a chance to show the world how strong we are mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Moreover, black history month creates understanding, knowledge and power that we share within our race, and the world. The competency of black history is passed down for generations to learn from passed experiences. Furthermore, black history month is a marathon, way of life and a celebration."  

John 16:33 - " I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations; but take heart; I have overcome the world"


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Barbara Sears - TAMUT Testing Administrator

"What does being Black in America mean to me?

Genesis 1:27 (KJV):  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” The following identifiers for our Race (Colored to Negro, Negro to Black, and Black to African American) does not change my pigmentation nor does it make, mold, or define my character.   Does my race make me a better human being? NO, it only offers a label for my person.  Am I grateful for my blackness, rest assured I am, but it’s not only about my race, but my life; it’s just my pigmentation.  Our America (Democracy) categorizes a group of people as Minority and Majority. There is NO need to fear me or my pigmentation, I and others MUST not become complacent, and MUST be proactive and NOT reactive!!!  This is our America and History.  The following cannot continue to be disregarded:  systemic/institutional racism, and explicit biases and disparities.  I genuinely want to be optimistic that our America (Democracy) is empowered and enthusiastic to fight for justice, equality, and inclusion, and that an individual’s pigmentation isn’t a consideration."

 

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