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Black History Month. Yandi reflects on black culture’s history and connections

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“Black History Month provides an opportunity to reflect on the diverse and intricate history of black culture which has shaped our society as we see it today. But it’s also a time to celebrate the connections that unite us as a community. “
Yandi is Outreach Generalist Adviser (in training) Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell (3-minute read)

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Four colleagues helping CAEE celebrate
Black History Month. Number 1: Yandi

As a young black woman, I find great strength and inspiration in the concept of sisterhood.  Sisterhood, to me, extends beyond merely sharing a gender or cultural identity to discovering unity, support and strength in the bonds we form with other black women. It involves acknowledging that our challenges, victories and aspirations are interconnected.

When unified, we can enhance our voices, our influence and our possibilities.

When I think of sisterhood, I can’t help but recall the countless black women who have paved the way for our generation. From Harriet Tubman’s fearless leadership on the Underground Railroad to Maya Angelou’s lyrical wisdom, these remarkable women have shown us the true meaning of resilience, strength and unity.

Their stories remind us that sisterhood is not just about shared joys, but also supporting one another through the harshest storms. It’s about lifting each other up, standing together in the face of adversity and advocating for change.

But my understanding of sisterhood doesn’t stop there, it extends to the remarkable women in my own family who have shaped my life in profound ways.

My mother, a beacon of strength and wisdom, has been my guiding light. Her unwavering love and support has not only nurtured me, but has also instilled in me the values of resilience and perseverance. My sister, my confidante and partner in this journey, has been a constant source of inspiration. Her determination, ambition, and unwavering support have pushed me to strive for excellence in every aspect of my life.

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Yandi celebrates the values of black history in her life and role at CAEE.

As I celebrate Black History Month, I’m reminded that sisterhood is not just a concept, it’s a legacy. The essence of sisterhood is the bond that ties generations of black women together. It’s a reminder that we are not alone in our journey, and our stories are intertwined with those who came before us and those who will follow. 

Shared legacy

Sisterhood, to me, means honouring the past, celebrating the present, and shaping the future. Let us continue to stand together, empower one another, and advocate for a future where our shared legacy of strength and resilience shines brightly for generations to come. As we honour the connections that bind black women, may this poem be a demonstration of the enduring power of sisterhood:

Woven Threads
Woven with tales of old,
Shared secrets, stories bold,
An ancestry rich, hearts of gold,
Black sisterhood’s tales, forever told.

Hands that lift, when one falls,
In strength and love, they heed the calls,
A chain unbroken, through highs and lows,
Together they thrive, this bond only grows.

Through trials and triumphs, they stand side by side,
Their strength undeniable, impossible to hide,
In unity, they face every tide,
Black sisterhood, forever with pride.

– Maya Anthony

More about Black History Month 2023 here.

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