The way that I wear my hair is based on my years of knowing that God created me in his image beautiful and whole. I do not believe in putting down another person just because you do not like the way they wear their hair nor do not like the way that they dress. Furthermore, the greatest weapon that I carry is knowledge and my life lessons of experiences of the course of my upbringing as a citizen and community member.
For over 30 years, I have always believed that if you want something to change, you have to voice your words about what upsets you. I will always stand up for what is right because I believe that everyone should be treated fairly and with respect.
Below are some factors to think about:
Teach empathy. Adults who understand others’ emotions are better able to comfort their peers or avoid hurting others in the first place.
Encourage positive attitudes. By modeling and encouraging positivity, you can create a positive culture.
Create an inclusive community. Challenge your community to work together as a team rather than compete to be the best.
Develop leaders. Adults who strive to create a well rounded community and offer resources for a peaceful environment.
Therefore, the way that I express my culture and heritage is through various forms of the arts and teaching others about the importance of acceptance, empathy, compassion and love.
by Afrika Abney