Black History Month
During Black History Month, I’ve found myself surrounded by an abundance of art by African American artists. I’m especially excited that the reading for my liberal arts class this month is Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde. Her autobiography--self-titled a biomythography--takes the reader on an epic journey of her life growing up dealing with intersectionality and her own personal struggles with self-identity and love. Her writing, both in this book and in her poetry, is captivating, raw, and daring. I’ve been looking to her strength and self-assuredness, developed over years of struggles and uncertainty, to develop my own artistic confidence. Her experiences with racism, sexism, sexual identity, class, and relations with people show parts of society and ourselves that many are afraid to acknowledge. Nonetheless, her daring openness is something that the world needs. Reading about her childhood growing up in New York gives me a new perspective on the city and its inhabitants, too.
This month has had me focusing on many inspirational, strong people who have challenged the norm despite resistance. It’s something that I’ve been keeping in mind as I continue my education and development into a member of the future of the arts.