Put on for your city(ies)
I'm a first generation Washingtonian. My family hails from New Orleans, LA. this year I plan to take steps toward exploring the culture more, and finding out as much as I can about those who came before me. I also want to trace my ancestry before the end of Black History Month (although I've been told the results can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks). I feel like you can't truly know yourself until you know where you come from.. and I want to know more than just the surface. Where did we come from? What stories do my grandparents have to share from their childhoods? How did we find our way to DC? What did their parents do for a living, and their parents before them? Hopefully one day I'll be able to add an African country/ territory (or 3) to this list.
( SIDE NOTE: Ash Wednesday calls for us to give up something, and this year instead of giving up food (chocolate, red meat) or something to do with vanity (40 Days of Curls) as I've done in previous years, I'll be giving up something that will instead help my peace of mind. )
P.S. Pay attention to who supports you.. like really supports you, not just who talks about it. It's never the people that you'd expect.. a complete stranger will support you before those you're closest to.
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