Celebrating Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, the Echo has asked Black students to submit writing that talks about their lives and the black experience.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Toni morrison

The Misunderstanding of Color by Kyla Henry

My black is not a weaponHowever, I can see why it may seem so;The gold of my skin as it shines in the sun,The malleability of my crownThe way I glide with the presence of my ancestors beside me,The way my voice, silk booms like thunder;Captivating everyone’s attention,I understand how it can be seen as […]

“The truest writers are those who see language not as a linguistic process, but as a living element…”

derek walcott

Poetry Collection by Jessie Nwokoye

He was new, different, maybe even intriguing.She was open, exposed, scared but hopeful.He was fun, and easygoing. He was sweet and kind.She was naïve, but it was okay because it felt right.He felt right, good, he felt warm, he felt right,until he didn’t.One excuse, two excuses, three excuses, four.How many more until she was out […]

“The writer cannot expect to be excused from the task of re-education and regeneration that must be done. In fact, he should march right in front.

chinua achebe

Beauty by Lance Elliott

Your ancestors did not fight there way here for you to be ashamed of their faceOf their eyesOf their lipsOf their hairOf their skinYour ancestors did not die for you to wish you looked like white peopleFor you to be 9 years old and hate your thin eyesTo wish your nose was less broadAnd you […]

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Maya angelou

If White People Didn’t Exist by Kcai Roschell

I saw this TikTok asking me what I’d do if white people didn’t existAnd the truth is that like almost every equation there’s infinite solutionsDon’t get me wrong I love the white people around me now, but most of the ones I’ve met haven’t treated me with respect, with dignity, because of the color of […]

“We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.”

nikki giovanni

Identity Crisis by Nathan Pray

The word “half’ isn’t something you would think would cause an issue, since there are many things related to the word half. Yet for me, the word half has caused me pain for 18 years creating an identity crisis. We all know classic battles like red vs blue, pancake vs waffles or dark vs light. […]