Wisdom & Vision: Musings from 15 Black Bay Area Voices (Black History Month 2021) by Melissa Howard From San Francisco to Berkeley to Oakland and beyond, our community has been profoundly impacted by the presence and power of Black men and women. This Black History Month, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of
“Children are taught racism. Children are taught diversity. They don’t see it; they only see human. Two words: education and exposure. What are children educated about and what are they exposed to?”
It was 2016 when Mosaic Silicon Valley invited Indian folkdance artist Srividya Eashwar and Mexcian folklorico artist Arturo Magaña to come up with two minutes of informed, performative collaboration between their cultures. The mission was to bring their audiences together to build a connected community - as diverse in the audience as on stage.
I think that we’re all on the same page: it’s hard to comprehend how it’s been over half a year of “These Times,” however you personally define them. I’ve personally gone through a myriad of mindsets and emotions ranging from obliviousness, anxiety, and depression, to complacency, determination, and anger. But I’m not writing this today to make my problems yours. Instead, I want to take a moment to chat about creative processes and inspiration during these unprecedented times.
America is the land of the free and the home of the brave…the who? While many of us feel we have the right to be here, regardless of where we were born, most of us continue to seek a sense of belonging. Belonging to a home, to a community, to a country. We identify as American. The world sees us as American. So why are some of us challenged, or even threatened, by our very own neighbors: our fellow Americans. If we all have pledged our allegiance to America – our America – then why do some people consider themselves more American than others?