I remember growing up being told directly or indirectly that my loudness, my questions, and my skin should be silenced. I took up too much space in there eyes.  But after attending an HBCU, reading, writing, and teaching those lies and Microaggressions don’t hurt me anymore.  Thank you, Erica Garner for the reminder to speak out and speak up.  We can’t be dismissed with the stereotype anymore.  If we don’t speak up for our rights- who will?? 


Published by Poet Kiana Davis

Kiana Davis was born and raised in Richmond, California. She began writing poetry at the age of 12 to grapple with growing up in a low income community and to help her develop her identity as a young black girl in America. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an educator teaching at-risk youth in Washington State.

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