Susan Yawa, 1970s I am the daughter of Katherine and Preston who raised me in the company of change makers and racial dreamers. They spoke to us in the language of education, justice and freedom both in their words and actions. I entitled this conference flier ‘Osmosis’ because it has always felt to me thatContinue reading “Osmosis”

We Are One

Anonymous (Educator), 2019 Elephants represent prosperity to my family as I recall. It means that when you have family you are rich. Family to the Spanish and Creole culture are very strong and connected, and family is very important. Therefore, the string of elephants holding each other’s tail represents my family and culture – weContinue reading “We Are One”

Indian Bangals

Kanika, 2000s – Current I wear these bangals every day. I actually can’t remember the last time I took them off. My mom gave them to me about six years ago. Growing up, wearing Indian clothes and jewelry was always synonymous with getting dressed up for weddings, holidays, or another special occasion. About seven yearsContinue reading “Indian Bangals”


Candice, 2014 My father brought me this maneki-neko from Japan when I was a teenage girl. As a young boy growing up in poverty in Akron, Ohio, he never imagined he would leave the country. Fast forward decades later and he had a family (my mom and me)…and a career that allowed him to travelContinue reading “Maneki-neko”

Panamanian Unity

Sandra, Summer 2018 I went to Panama this summer to celebrate a wedding and family reunion with my husband’s dad’s side of the family who are from there. They were all so warm, full of joy and really represented unity in my eyes. During my time in Panama, I picked up this shell from aContinue reading “Panamanian Unity”

Sankofa Bracelet

Nick, 2006 I bought this bracelet in Accra, Ghana at a crafts market while on a trip with 15 other African-Americans visiting the continent for the first time. This bracelet, made of brass, cost a mere $5 but its value is incalculable to me. It represents not only my identity, but also the identity ofContinue reading “Sankofa Bracelet”