Overcoming Diversity

Overcoming Diversity

Many of our interns have experienced hardships directly connected to their identities. These differences among us motivate us to express ourselves fully and celebrate our community. Poetry is one way we celebrate diversity. These are just some examples of our interns celebrating their identities and inspiring each other through their experiences. 

Poem by Nadirah

I’m just a Philly raised black girl

Now I can be as good as Mike from France

or Molly from Australia

I have the ideas

The inspiration but I am still seen

as a black girl from Philly

Please sir, I can show you

That I am great

but I in your eyes

I am still a black girl from Philly.

Pantoum by Ayman

Lost in the vagueness of America

She speaks volume

Volumes of dreams and opportunity

Of racism and stereotypes

Speaker spoke volumes

In the darkness

Of racism and stereotypes

Knowledge illuminates the silence

As

The third eye opens

Volumes of dreams and opportunity

As

Lost in the vagueness of America.

 

Poem by Ianna

She’s an African American woman of color

She’s beautiful and bright

Dance is her life

If Dance died today or tomorrow her life would end

She’s beautiful and bright

her mind is full

of everything in life

If dance died today or tomorrow her life would end

As a bird loses her wing

Dance will always be the same,

In her life

Dance is her life

Dance will always be the same

She’s an African American woman of color