At Michigan in Color, we have the privilege to share many important narratives of students of color on campus. One of my favorite parts of my job is working with these individuals — listening to their unique voices.
When I joined Michigan in Color over one year ago, I wrote about my excitement to contribute to a space that allows people from marginalized communities to finally have a voice at an institution like The Michigan Daily.
Wow, how time flies. It seems like just yesterday I was a first-year entering The Daily for my first mass meeting. I didn’t start as an Michigan in Color writer; in fact, when I first heard of MiC, I wasn’t sure I was even included in the category Person of Color.
Every year since 1986, we, as a nation, have celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday of January. Martin Luther King Jr. is viewed as the architect of racial harmony in this country, and not many figures in our history are revered more.
We often think of movements or even advocacy in general as something visible. If we can’t see it, we don’t feel it’s happening. Oftentimes movements are visible or at least have some tangible components. What do you remember about the civil rights movement?
The very first occupation I was interested in becoming was a police officer; whenever one was around, I could not take my eyes off of their gleaming badges. For an assignment in school during kindergarten, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grow up and why.
Growing up, I always loved to read. Some of my fondest childhood memories include going to the library with my mom to pick out books, and then reading them together. As I got older, I developed a passion for writing as well, finding my voice and feeling the true power the written word can hold.