February 2022

BLAC Detroit February 2022

“Lord, Lord, Why did You make me Black? Why did You make me someone — the world wants to hold back?”

I remember reciting these words in elementary school, as we were learning the infamous poem by RuNett Nia Ebo — and not fully understanding what it meant. Attending an Afrocentric elementary school, Marcus Garvey Academy, meant Black history and culture were engrained in our curriculum. We engaged in the arts, language, and traditions of the culture while uncovering change-makers like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and W.E.B. Du Bois.

They are undoubtedly history-makers, leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Their dreams, actions and advocacy have aided in the progress we’ve had over the years. However, names like Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and Jemel Roberson are reminders that we still have so much work to do.

Despite the injustices and inequality — as a race and a culture — we still rise. Rise above to invent. Rise above to love. Rise above to leave our mark on everything we touch. That’s what we wanted to focus on in this issue:

Black Love.
Black History.
Black Excellence.

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As you dive into this issue during — Black History Month and beyond — it’s our hope not only that you reflect on those who’ve paved the way and started the race, but also that you prepare to carry the torch to continue the change in your own way. Their efforts brought us this far — now it’s up to us — to take it farther.

Erikka Yvonne
Editor in Chief

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