Jalliyah Brunt is a senior at UIC College Prep, a Noble Network of Charter Schools campus located in the Medical Village neighborhood in the Illinois Medical District.
How are you making Black History?
I’m making Black History by being an educated African American female who is dedicated to school. Not only am I dedicated, but I’m involved. I involve myself with activities that will help make change in the future. I’m currently in Black Student Union. The history classes at my school only teach a selective amount about African Americans and I honestly wanted to hear more. Within this enrichment, we learn about different events that have occurred in the Black community that we may have not heard about. I am also in Mathletes which will help me in my future as I become the next African American female physicist working for NASA.
What do you want your legacy to be defined as?
Black History should be considered a part of history because from what we know, lots of Black people are responsible for the changes that was made in this world. The simplest things such as peanut butter by George Carver is considered an accomplishment made by an African American. Without Black History, we wouldn’t have gotten our first African American president, Barack Obama. Black History is important and deserves to be heard like anyone’s else.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month to me is a month of success. Not success for anybody but success of those who came from being oppressed to being praised. This one month isn’t nearly as much time to express the success of our role models but the fact that we are seen makes this month so meaningful.
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