I am not to be seen nor heard, but to be unnoticed and pushed into a corner.
I am not to be who I want to be, but to be who they’ve already planned for me.
I am the person that doesn’t know how to grow, but to be dependent on false beliefs.
To them I am merely a Black girl begging for a chance at something that was never even meant for me.
But that’s NOT who I am or ever will be!
I am Michelle Obama
I am Rosa Parks.
I am Harriet Tubman.
I am Hattie McDaniel.
I am Angela Davis.
I am Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
I am Waris Dirie.
But most of all I am…
And to every little Black girl that they told could never succeed, remember these words, “I am me and I will succeed despite what you think of me.”