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Sophia Nelson


It wasn’t until my freshman year in college (Bowie State University, year 2000), that I really began to embrace the importance of knowing Black History.

The testimonies read in biographies, the visuals seen in documentaries, the thoughts heard in song lyrics all made me feel like there was nothing that could come in between me striving to be great like my ancestors.

I remember the first work that made me want to invest time outside of the classroom learning about Black History, and that work is a song titled “A Song For Assata” by Common (see attached link). The lyrics shared in the 6-minute song was enough to leave me thirsting for more.

Today, I get a natural high when I’m able to speak with family members and other members of the community about their personal recounts of Black history. Whether I’m talking to my grandfather about how he built his first home with natural resources from HIS land or talking to a friend about the origins of the DC native music, Go-Go, the feeling is still the same….HIGH!

Today, I take great pleasure in capturing these testimonies through film which are housed on Although, I personally love Black History, I hope people of all races can find a reason for learning and embracing their history, as well.

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