that I will teach my children about being black.

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  • Never assume you are not welcome somewhere before assuming that you are. Give people an opportunity to surprise you. Give them an opportunity to surprise themselves.
  • You count. Your vote counts, your presence counts, your dollar counts. Don’t support something you don’t support. Don’t like something? Work to change it. I’ll work with you.
  • Your differences are gifts that you have been given, even on the days they feel like your curse. Differences can bring shame, fear, and danger, but also a pride that you wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to know.
  • It is not right or fair that we must educate and model our lives for others, but it is your choice to make it a burden or an honor.
  • If people hate you, it’s only because they don’t know you. Never apologize for who you are.
  • You are not alone. You are a part of something bigger than you can even imagine. There is power, strength, and wisdom in your story – it will be there for you when you need it most.
  • The best way to combat discrimination is to live your life well. Hate might surround you, it may even harm you, but it does not own you.
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