In celebration of Black History Month, LABG talked to students from campuses nationwide to get their perspectives on what it means to be a millennial black woman in the world of higher education. Read on for part two of this two-part series:
Teal Hinton, 20 Towson University Political Science/ International Studies
“Being a black woman in college means something to me every single day of the year, not just February. I have the opportunity to posses an education that many black women before me were denied. For years African Americans fought for the right for an education and I feel It’s my job to keep that fight for education alive.
Being in college makes me a symbol of hope and inspiration for black girls to not just go to college, but to go and kick ASS! To some, politics is not always considered the place for women to be, but as Shirley Chisholm once said, ‘our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else’. Black women have the power to do and be anything they want, and I just want to keep our hope and spirits alive.”
Nautica Lawrence, 21 University at Buffalo Psychology & Social Science Interdisciplinary (Early Childhood Concentration)
“Being a black woman in college means working to prove and improve yourself everyday. Knowing in the back of your mind that every time you walk out of your dorm, attend a school function or take an exam that you are a representation of, not only your family, but black women as a whole. Many black woman in college has had the experience of being one of the select few, if not the only, black person in the classroom. When any topic that is racially controversial arises everyone’s eyes shift to you– as if your thoughts and opinions represent the African American race as a whole.
Many black women in college fight against the negative stereotypes that define us before we even utter a sentence. We are held to lower standards than our counterparts. Generally speaking, our professors and peers don’t expect much from us, yet we still must work harder. We must work hard to prove that we should not be underestimated because we are capable of excelling alongside our peers and even exceeding beyond them. Being a black woman in college means empowerment. Empowerment of yourself, your family and every black woman that must trek the road beside you and behind you.”
Vivienne Quow, 21 Syracuse University Information Management & Technology
“Being a black woman in college means progress to me. It’s one thing to attend college as a woman and as a minority, but I attend a PWI (Predominantly White Institution). The fact that I am graduating from this university in less than 3 months, makes me appreciate all the hard work and dedication of those who fought and continue to fight for change and equality.”
Danielle Reed, 21 Syracuse University African American Studies & Spanish
“Being a black woman in college this Black History Month means deciding how my future career and goals will positively impact the black community locally and globally. I must also acknowledge and teach the black community about intersectionality.
For example, as a black woman I should be advocating for Mike Brown and Trayvon, but also the women and transgender victims of police brutality as well. I should be encouraging and initiating discussions and planning solutions to solve community issues that black men and women face.
But overall, and most importantly, I must love and respect myself as a black woman in order to love, respect and honor the black men, women and children in the global black community. And I must understand that no matter our shade or language, if you have ancestry from the African diaspora, I will defend you and stand with you as your sister.”
Autumn Walker, 20 Russell Sage College Psychology
“The black female experience is history, trial, and celebration. College compelled me to explore my personal story and challenge anyone who tells me I did not have one to voice.”
Want to read more? Check out part one of the series.
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