"You are like a butterfly, you are too beautiful to be held down. Never allow any law, any man, any government, any person to hold you down." -Onyeka
"You’re allowed to let go of people who give you negative vibes. You’re allowed to choose for yourself. You really are."
Shanti (via travel-as-a-happy-hippie)

Finished #painting #wonderwoman #justice

Cesar Chavez and Bobby Seale meet students from Malcolm X Elementary, 1972.

Human skull decorated with a polychromic mosaic • Mixtec-Aztec, Mexico • 1300-1521 A.D. • Tessels of turquoise, hematite and tumbaga gold sheets • H. 14.5 cm • Private collection

All-Star Women Team @ Tuxpan de Bolaños, Jalisco by Don César on Flickr.
"Brown girl,
love the limb
and length of you:
your stone back, and
bullet mouth, your satin hips
and thick knuckles;
do not apologize for this
or open your hands
to beg forgiveness for your own
blood and bones.
Do not fix your mouth to say
that you are anything less
than everything. Say
that you are every possible
definition of beauty
and power. Say
you are the perfect
natural disaster."
Sasha Banks, “Dear brown girl,” published in Alight (via bostonpoetryslam)

What It’s Like to Be the First Person in Your Family to Go to College

When Harry arrived at Vanderbilt University in 2008, he became the first person in his family to attend college. His parents were immigrants from Nicaragua, and he had attended a so-called “academically and economically disadvantaged” high school on the North side of Miami. Even after completing a rigorous IB program as a high-school student and receiving a scholarship, he arrived on campus feeling like an outsider.
“Never before had I truly felt such an extreme sense of estrangement and alienation,” he says of his first few months. “I quickly realized that although I may look the part, my cultural and socio-economic backgrounds were vastly different from those of my predominantly white, affluent peers. I wanted to leave.”
Harry opted to stay at Vanderbilt, but he found acclimating to the school’s cultural climate to be extremely difficult. His scholarship covered books, tuition, and housing—but it didn’t cover little costs like dorm move-in needs and travel costs home for breaks—expenses his classmates could typically afford that exacerbated his feelings of alienation. Eventually, he found refuge in the school’s theatre department and student government.
“There were very few Latinos that I could connect with,” he says. “[But], I got very involved in extra-curricular activities in hopes of meeting people… It was in each of these organizations that I met older students that informally mentored me. … I would ask questions shamelessly and learn about their experiences.”
Harry’s difficult adjustment is just one example of the many obstacles first-generation and minority students confront each year that don’t typically plague their second- and third-generation peers
Read more. [Image: Susan Walsh/AP Photo]

You must learn her.

You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to.

You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept.

And, this is how you keep her.

Junot Diaz, This is How you Lose Her   (via intrinsicmotives)