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Table of Diversity Weekly: Black History Month

Growing up, my Aunt Rie Rie put together a Live Black History Museum at our church. Adults and children would dress up and embody the character of a notable person from Black History. We would be stationed throughout the church with the pews, tables, and walls covered in decorations to bring us further into character. With a touch of a button, the Live Black History Museum guests would bring the characters to life! This is when I fell in love with Black History and where my DEI journey began. I loved getting into character and rehearsing my lines. I loved seeing my Aunts dressed as Harriet Tubman and Coretta Scott King. I loved seeing my Uncles as Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass. I loved seeing my cousins as Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks. One year, I was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! I remember reciting Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech". I felt empowered as I replicated Dr. King's rhythmic style of speech, copying his unique ebbs and flows, until finally my voice crescendoed. Based on the applause, shouts of 'Amen', and echos throughout the church, I think I did a good job!

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