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Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity


By Cheylon Brown,

MLK Jr. Rec Center manager



Beautiful. Loving. Courageous. Challenged. Resilient. Forgiving. Victorious.


This year's Black History Month theme, "Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity," touches my heart. I was filled with excitement while simultaneously being forced to look beneath the surface of my life and the lives of my people. The Black Family is multi-dimensional in structure and has transformed over the years. Yet, the Black Family has managed to remain true to its purpose – survival. From kings and queens to slaves. To representation in the highest elected offices of the United States of America. That's representation, identity, and diversity.

As I looked beneath the threads of Black Family, my mind raced to the way our people have survived. Family is not traditional. Family is a state of mind, a feeling of peace, and sometimes a place called home. It's non-relative, and it's blood relation, but mostly, it's love.


Dr. Maya Angelou said, "I sustain myself with the love of family." It is the zeal that radiates with the Black Family. Representation, identity, and diversity are simply the origins of the legacy left for us and the legacy we leave for those generations to come.


Happy Black History Month!

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