On June 16, 2018, Black Lives Matter hosted a Juneteenth Celebration in Bellingham, Washington. Attended by a multiracial audience of local residents, attendees spent the day reflecting upon the state of race relations in their community and throughout the world. Observed annually by African-American communities in the United States, Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1965, when…
When womanhood came, my hair awoke
Heeding some inner genetic calling,
To a life of its own.
It framed my face like a cloud of blackness
Wild curls reaching in every direction
Armed with combs, with clips and barrettes.
My horrified mother
(Born a white Southerner and Never Forgetting It)
Attempted to tame it and failed.