Understand that someone down your ancestry line was enslaved and survived being chained to other human bodies for several months in the bottom of a disease-infested ship during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade - Middle Passage, was forced to lose their language, culture, picked up the English language as best they could while working free of charge from sunrise to sunset as they watched their children being sold and women raped by ruthless slave owners.
Given names based on slave master’s property or feeling that day, no birth certificates, no heritage of any kind, braved the Underground Railroad, survived the Civil War to enter into sharecropping... Learned to read and write out of sheer will and determination, faced the burning crosses of the KKK, everted their eyes at the strange fruit hung on trees... Fought in World Wars as soldiers to return to America as boys, hosed in Birmingham, beaten in Selma, jailed in Wilmington, assassinated in Memphis, segregated throughout the South, ghettoed throughout the North, ignored in history books, sterotyped in Hollywood... And in spite of it all someone in your family line endured every era to make sure you would get here.
If you have ever received rejection, faced obstacles, loss someone, got overlooked, and decided to quit thereafter you need to remember these things.
People of #African descent you will never hear of but are kin of survived from generation to generation so you could succeed. Don’t you dare let them down.
#AFRIKIN It is NOT in our DNA to quit! RP: @ownyourpower | cover art by: @artbywak