"He sends me the picture and says “oh ancient one”…
Most of my life I have been called an old soul… and I would shy away, embarrassed I wasn’t like most my age. Wanting to belong and not be different. Then came the confusion and feeling unsure of where I belonged, always feeling uncertain and treading lightly. Those near and dear to me have described me as “Riddled with anxiety”.
Throughout the years, I continue to challenge the script that had been given to me by others and I have been claiming the me that I am. Embracing the wisdom my ancestors have given me, feeling blessed every day for those that have spiritually and physically held me and proud of myself for accepting it… with their support and guidance along with my willingness all these years… I have learned to accept them and me.
My dedication and hope is that I continue to do the necessary work to continue to give back and empower others to do the same.
David Lee Black & Outfit/headpiece: Nancy Rafi
— at Graduate Providence."