Dear Little Black Girl,
Today is your first day of school. I know you're scared. I know you're nervous. I've been there and I understand your fear. Today is the beginning of your future. Stay strong. Stay encourage. School is important and get all the education and knowledge you can! But remember, don't let them brainwash you into thinking you're not beautiful and that you're not royal. You my dear, were perfectly crafted by the hands of God.
Beware of bullies, big and tall, girl or boy. Bullies see something in you that you may not see, that's why they want to knock you off your game. They will try to diminish your glory and steal your joy. Bullies WILL come in the form of teachers telling you you're answers are incorrect or blatantly overlooking you when your hand is raised. They may even say you're dumb. Ignore them. Keep pushing.
School is designed to feed the black child lies about your history and heritage. Listen, you come from a lineage of power, excellence, and brilliance. We are Queens and Kings. We built this country with our blood, sweat and tears and we have influenced, shaped, and molded the world with our culture and sacrifices. Don't forget, slavery was not your beginning.
Question everything! Like when they tell you Christopher Columbus discovered America or that the Pilgrims and Native Americans were friends OR the treatment of black slaves "wasn't that bad"...question it all. Read as much as you can for your own undertanding.
Today is the first of many hurdles. Be kind. Be humble. Be determined. Be grateful. Be encouraged. Be cautious. Be concerned. But most importantly, be you. With your braided hair and pink beads, with your witty personality and your loving nature. Stay true to you.
Written exploration of ALL THINGS CREATIVE curated by Najah Lee -- writer, emcee, photographer, critical thinker and brand consultant.