I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.

– Rosa Parks

This February, we celebrate Black History Month and the accomplishments and plight of Black people in the United States. Throughout American history, African Americans have long contributed to the development of the nation despite centuries of intense adversity. In honor of these accomplishments and values, our inspiration segment features stories from renowned black artists such as Titus Kaphar, Theaster Gates, and Edmonia Lewis, “the first professional BIPOC sculptor in the United States and the first to achieve international acclaim.”

February is also the month of Valentine’s Day- show some love to our current stories by Seeds scholars Ajadah Enyonam Simms, Abigail Lee, Jasmine Maddox, Kyrone Gladden, Fateema Akter, and River Bartosik-Murray. These scholars are a talented group who detail their future goals and the steps they will take in accomplishing their dreams, whether it is in the realm of the arts or elsewhere. Although February is recognized as a month to celebrate and learn the history and plight of African Americans, Black history is part of American history, and we continue to make efforts in recognizing, honoring, learning, and unlearning about the history of the people who helped shape the nation.

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