Black Girl Magic

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By Marlena Little

During Women’s History Month, it is easy to highlight the accomplishments from women near and far, both locally and nationally. It’s true, we are in the era of #BlackGirlMagic, where the essence of who a black woman is has been recognized and finally celebrated.

In honor of women everywhere, I honor the little girls and young women who, haven’t walked into what is already done and are living in what is.

Dear Black Girl Magic;

You are Magic. The kind of Magic that makes you look twice because its so illuminating. You sparkle from the natural light inside. Shine, Black Girl!

You are favored, Divinely created. Your smile, your grace, your stance, your name. You are destined for more than you can imagine, worth more than you could ever fathom.

You are a part of an intricate tapestry of awesomeness, from Sojourner Truth to Claudette Colvin, Angela Davis to Yara Shahidi, Ava DuVernay to Naomi Wadler. Who you are is already woven, beautifully added in time, refusing to unravel.

We walk tall so that you may see our shadow. We make mistakes so you won’t have to. We speak your name and cry your tears. You are the epitome of persistence, the essence of determination and will.

You refuse to sweat - in fact, you sparkle!

Shine on, Black Girl!

Let us hold you up when you need strength to speak against what you face – in the classroom and on the block. Let us walk beside you in support when you march for your life.

Keep Shining, Black Girl!

You have the world at your fingertips, access to places, people and things we could have only imagined. We fight so you can walk through, climb up and burst the ceiling that exists for us.