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Black History Month is Empowering

By Linda Mkapa
February 23, 2017

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Linda is a OneGoal – New York Y2 Fellow at Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE). Linda is already anticipating her 2021 college graduation because it will place her one step closer toward her dream of becoming a District Attorney. While many motivations have sparked her interest in law, it is the continuous unjust persecution of people of color and the lack of strong female black women in power that motivate her to reach her dreams. Here she shares her story.

 

Learning about how Black people were evaluated in the past, how we were evaluated by the public and what we still deal with has made me want to drive conversations on the relevance of Black History Month to students of color, and other kids as well.

I’m especially driven to influence young girls who aren’t aware of their potential: young girls who doubt that they can do whatever they fix their mind to. I want to let them know that they are gifted and qualified to do wonderful things and to make the changes in the world that they hope to see. When I was younger I had a lot of disbelief in my ability to achieve amazing things because I wasn’t sure I would be able to cope well with the American education system after immigrating from Africa. I didn’t think I would be able to do any of the things I am doing now, let alone get accepted into wonderful colleges.

As a Black female who still has so much to learn about the world, I will use college as a way to not only educate myself but to someday be able to educate other people.

My dream of one day becoming a District Attorney will be a way for me to help young kids, especially girls, see the possibilities out there once you work hard and stand for what you believe in. College will allow me to get one step closer in standing up for things like racial equality and the unjust justice system. Being an auspicious lawyer to me will mean that I get to not only express how important it is to me to be a woman of color, but what I can do to assist others and be their voice.

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