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Nope, not today: This shirt makes me think of Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks. Haven't heard of Claudette Colvin? She was the 15-year-old who was arrested nine months before Rosa Parks' for refusing to give up her bus seat. But she was pregnant and deemed an inappropriate symbol for the cause. So, no protest. Sighing. Judgments all around even in times of strife. Rosa Parks' arrest led to the Montgomery bus boycott in which over 40,000 black bus riders refused to ride the bus. This lasted for 381 days. It ended with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional a huge moment for blacks. While there is no evidence that Claudette or Rosa ever said nope, not today I can imagine that they at least thought it. Why? Because nope, not today is more than an attitude. It is a way of life. It tells people that today is not the day for foolishness. Who in your life exemplifies nope, not today? Is it your grandmother? Grandfather? Mother? Father? Aunt? Sister? Brother? Teacher? Or someone else? How do they do it? What is your nope, not today moment? How do you display it? Let us know so that your story may inspire more of us to live our lives that way and of course, get the shirt!
Unapologetically Fierce: This shirt brings to mind images of strong powerful people who were not afraid to step into their legacies. People like Venus and Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Shirley Chisholm. You know those people who seem to march on in spite of the numerous obstacles thrown in their paths. The people who were often ostracized by society for being too loud, too big, too something, and not enough other stuff. And yet they rose to prominence in various areas of history.
When do you feel unapologetically fierce? How do you depict it? Who in your circle exemplifies fierceness? Let us know so that your story may inspire more of us to live our lives that way and of course, get the shirt!
Taking up space: This shirt brings to mind images of people with a strong presence. The ones who can walk into a room and all eyes gravitate towards them. hardly any words need to be spoken. It is just something about them that makes us take notice. One person who comes to mind for me is Jackie Joyner-Kersee The first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the long jump and the first woman to compile more than 7,000 points in the seven-event heptathlon, Joyner-Kersee went on to win three golds, a silver and two bronze medals over four separate Olympics. She was named Sports Illustrated for Women's top female athlete of the 20th century. I was fortunate to be in her atmosphere when she competed one year at the Millrose Games. I swear when she walked in all of the air in Madison Square Garden. Or maybe I just held my breath at the sight of her.
How do you take up space? How do you depict it? Who in your circle emboldens this in you? Let us know so that your story may inspire more of us to live our lives that way and of course, get the shirt!
Feeling blacknificent: This shirt evokes unabashed power, strength, and beauty. And when I think of all those things a couple people come to mind. One is Cicely Tyson. She has a successful career by carefully choosing roles that exemplified quality and depth. She has won accolades and awards for her performances on TV, stage, and in film. In my mind, she is the epitome of black girl (woman) magic which translates into felling blacknificent. The next person who comes to mind is my friend Lisa Nelson a retired surgeon. She is not only intelligent and gorgeous she is an activist, cyclist, diver, grandmother extraordinaire, brazenly black, too many other things to list. She is the challenger of all things status quo and dares you to do the same. She is unfazed by almost everything. And she accepts nothing less than excellence in her life. Listen to her on her podcast Justice Journey One Million Voices on Anchor. When do you feel your most blacknificent? How do you depict it? Who in your circle inspires blacknificence? Let us know so that your story may inspire more of us to live our lives that way and of course, get the shirt!