Black is Beautiful

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Black is Beautiful

Black is Beautiful (Photo courtesy of Kamryn Mattison).

Black is Beautiful (Photo courtesy of Kamryn Mattison).

Black is Beautiful (Photo courtesy of Kamryn Mattison).

Black is Beautiful (Photo courtesy of Kamryn Mattison).

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  • For those of you who are not aware, February is Black History Month. Black History Month is a time for people of the black race in America, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the U.K. to celebrate our culture and the obstacles that our ancestors had to face to help us get to where we are today (Photo courtesy of Zavier Mattison @otis_fit_21).

  • “I am a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated.” - Maxine Waters (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Wallis @trappocahontas)

  • Black History Month began in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson announced “Negro History Week” to be the second week in February (Photo courtesy of Adrianna Bell @sheh00ps_12).

  • “Dipped in chocolate, bronzed in elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty. My lord, she’s a black woman.” - Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan (Photo courtesy of Charity Moore @charityy.m)

  • Melanin: a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals (Photo Courtesy of Daijah Wright @daijahawright).

  • “Loving God is like being black. I just am. [No one says] ‘You know what? I’m gonna be blacker today!’ It’s my culture. It’s not something I put on or take off or show more. You just communicate that in the way you live your life.” - Angela Bassett (Photo courtesy of Jerome Wright @youresowright)

  • We do not celebrate Black History Month only to commemorate our ancestors and their accomplishments, but we also celebrate it to appreciate how much we love ourselves and our melanin (Photo courtesy of Aziza Fari @azizafari).

  • “I find, in being black, a thing of beauty: a joy; a strength; a secret cup of gladness.” - Ossie Davis (Photo courtesy of @zuladessie)

  • No matter what anyone says, all black is beautiful. Light skin, dark skin, brown skin - we are all extraordinary and stunning people. It is important to celebrate that uniqueness no matter what month it is (Photo courtesy of Roy Miriam @_rare.girl).

  • “I don’t mind being black. I’m black out loud. It’s more than the people that we are, it’s the condition that we represent.” - Mos Def (Photo courtesy of Joshua Felix @josh__felix)

  • “Black is Beautiful” is a real movement that was started by blacks in the 1960s. Blacks began to love themselves and their melanin as they should have always done (Photo courtesy of Kaylen Johnson @kay_leeen).

  • Black Pride: a movement in response to dominant white cultures that encouraged blacks to celebrate black culture and embrace their heritage (Photo courtesy of Alexis Goodwater @mixedbrat06).

  • “I am a black man dedicated to expression; expression of the joy and pride of blackness.” - Gil Scott-Heron (Photo courtesy of Alex Jones @aqj._)

  • “My blackness does not inhibit me from being beautiful and intelligent. In fact, it is the reason I am beautiful and intelligent, and you cannot stop me.” - Amandla Sternberg (Photo courtesy of Zavier Mattison @otis_fit_21)

  • There is no limit to how many times I can say it: black is beautiful. A different kind of beautiful; one that goes beyond the social norms. There is no denying the beauty of melanin (Photo courtesy of Kennedy Wallis @trappocahontas).

  • “In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” - Michael Jackson (Photo courtesy of Adrianna Bell @sheh00ps_12)

  • “Not enough African American people know their history. We know who colonized America and the wars Americans fought, but we don’t know about the roots of our people and the black heroes of America. Our whole entire history is regulated to a month. It is almost like a subconscious insult. It’s like saying, ‘Give them their month so they can shut up.’ America may only celebrate black history for 28 days. BMC may only celebrate for four days, but I celebrate black history everyday, every year,” said junior Joel Houston (Photo courtesy of Charity Moore @charityy.m).

  • “All girls rock but black girls, we are on a whole notha’ level.” - Rihanna (Photo Courtesy of Daijah Wright @daijahawright)

  • Even though some people only acknowledge black history during the month of February, blacks celebrate it all the time. We must be in touch with our heritage at all times, and it should not be cut down to only a month (Photo courtesy of Jerome Wright @youresowright).

  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” - Muhammad Ali (Photo courtesy of Aziza Fari @azizafari)

  • Melanin women are beautiful. Melanin men are beautiful. All melanin is beautiful, without a doubt (Photo courtesy of @zuladessie).

  • “Rise up Black Men, and take your stand. Reach up black men and women and pull all nature’s knowledge to you. Turn ye around and make a conquest of everything North and South, East and West. And then we you have wrought well, you will have merited God's blessing, you will become God's chosen people and naturally you'll become leaders of the world.” - Marcus Garvey (Photo courtesy of Josh Felix @josh__felix)

  • Everyday is a good day to be black and have melanin. It is truly a blessing to have been given such a beautiful pigment. (Photo courtesy of Roy Miriam @_rare.girl)

  • “I am so grateful to be a black woman. I would be so jealous if I were anything else.” - Maya Angelou (Photo courtesy of Kaylen Johnson @kay_leeen)

  • Dear every melanin person, may we always understand how beautiful black is and why we should love and celebrate our color (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Jones @cheesychelt_).

  • “One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.” - Barbara Jordan (Photo courtesy of Alexis Goodwater @mixedbrat06)

  • Thank you to all of the beautiful people who allowed me to use your pictures. Melanin is truly beautiful, do not let anyone ever tell you differently. To any young black person out there who needs to hear this: let your melanin glow! (Photo courtesy of Alex Jones @aqj._)

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