RESILIENCE

 

What does resilience mean to you?

I was never asked that until I attended an event on Feb 4th called RESILIENCE. It was a wonderful presentation of art, fashion, music, and black history. The event was a collaboration by Distinctly Creative and Niche NY|DC to celebrate Black History Month. Often we are reminded about the struggles, tribulations of blacks in American history. Unfortunately, a lot of it negates to mention the resilience of the black community. This event focused on the resilience of black culture and that it is still alive today. Black creatives put this resilience on display in the form of poetry, dance, music, and fashion. I gained more appreciation for our influence in the fashion industry through the creation of clothing made from what little we had left. I felt renewed that our music is the cornerstone of different genres bumping through our speakers today. Poetry and dance distinguish us from any other group in America. We are resilient because our influence, despite the media negativity, says so. We still have a lot to accomplish but it's nice to see that I belong to a community that isn't finished. So when a participant asked the audience, "What does resilience mean to you?".... I thought... 

Resilience is when I graduated from college after never wanting to go to school.
Resilience is working two jobs, going to school part time, flunking a few classes, and summer school.
Resilience is taking up a career in IT knowing I would be a minority at work and in the classroom.
Resilience is working twice as hard as male counterparts to gain recognition & respect. 
Resilience was never giving up when I didn't get equal pay. 
Resilience is achieving leadership roles to help other women succeed in male dominated professions.
Resilience is educating professionals on inclusion and how we can champion for everyone to have a seat and a voice at the table.

What does resilience mean to you?