Hi, I’m Angela and I live in Louisville Kentucky. I was born with ARCI-lamellar ichthyosis.

I especially enjoy Black History Month because for me it’s a celebration of accomplishments and contributions of African Americans that have made substantial and too often neglected contributions in U.S. history Black History Month originated from Negro History Week, which started the second week of February in 1926. Black History Month was founded by Carter G. Woodson and has been celebrated for over 50 years. It has been a catalyst for change within the Black community.

This year, Black History Month’s theme is “African Americans and the Arts”. It explores the influences made by African Americans in the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, language film music, culinary and other forms of cultural expression. One of the most profound and influential aspects of Black culture and art is Black music. From soulful rhythms of jazz and blues to hip-hop, Black musicians have shaped the musical landscape. Their contributions serve as more than just entertainment, music is a powerful medium to express resilience, resistance, and culture.

I am proud to say that my sibling, Karen is a member of the First violin section of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and is one of only two African-American members of the Orchestra. She is Black History!

My mom’s brother, my uncle, Sam was a world renowned American abstract painter and arts educator. He was the first African American artist to represent the United States in an exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 1972. He married Dorothy Butler, who became the first African American reporter for the Washington Post. I’m deeply rooted in black history accomplishments with the contributions that my family has made. Despite the many accomplishments of African Americans, black people are still subjected to violence and discrimination, but through perservance continue to thrive and leave legacies.

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