1 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Logan T. Nelson
Location: Baltimore Ave.
I am a firm believer in being unapologetically Black, respecting the journey, learning to fail forward, and a passionate advocate for empowering women of color.
2 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Angela Townsend
Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice major
Location: Hornbake Plaza—Frederick Douglas Statue
I chose the Fredrick Douglas plaza as my location because it is one of the newest additions to the University of Maryland community. Although the space is small, the statue and quotes speak volumes especially with the current racial climate on campus.
3 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Ashley D.M. Lyles
Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Location: Shuttle UM Bus
4 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Breechaye N. Milburn
Location: Administration Building
“Black-womanhood includes remaining true to yourself and your values, being confident, collaborative, resilliant, and proud. Black women are uplifters. Motivators. Leaders. Thinkers. Innovators. Risk-takers. Compassionate and caring beings who would give you the shirt off their backs, but put you in your place if needed.”
5 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Nicole Ofosua Dei
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Location: Mckeldin Library
"At first I was really nervous, because I can be super body conscious at times. But I realized that this would be an amazing opportunity to do something out of my comfort zone while telling such a powerful message. I am strong, resilient and passionate, and I believe that these are all the qualities that black women have."
6 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Rae-Ann Jaziel Steele
Major: Physiology & Neurobiology
Location: Riggs Alumni Center
“I exemplify everything a black woman is because I am able to stand strong and provide a voice for those who may not always know how to vocalize the importance and unity and support in our community.”
7 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Bria Sladden
Location: Memorial Chapel
“Simply being in the same space with likeminded BLACK women was a statement. We commanded attention and let our black girl magic shine through. This project truly made me fall deeper in love with my blackness and with blackness of others.”
8 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Chioma Agbaraji
Major: Geographic Information Sciences
Location: Annapolis Hall Tunne;
“I am cross-functional, diverse in perspective. I deviate from the norm and remain sultry. The essence of my blackness is not only my color, it is my being. And by being black woman, I represent black women.”
9 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Aysia Monae Morton
Major: Government & Politics
Location: Xfinity Center
“Completely embracing and embodying everything God created me to be; my hair, my skin, my body, my soul, and my mind. As black women, we are multifaceted; no one of us is the same. To me that is the most beautiful thing.”
10 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Jade Campbell
Location: Francis Scott Key Tunnel
“I can only be me and black women are more than just me. They are, We are, a movement, a power house, a force to be reckoned with and that is what exemplifies black women. We are a family, and thats what makes us so powerful, because you do not mess with family.”
11 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Alesia Gabriella Rosie Robinson
Major: Public Health Science
Location: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
“Some people misconstrue what we exhibit as passion for something more negative. But I found it empowering to be strong, independent and passionate. We are the backbone of so much change and I want to be apart of the change that continuously gives light to what people often ignore. If we, as black women don't do it, I fear that much won't get done.”
12 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Mariama Hawa Bah
Major: Geographic Information Systems
Location: Art-Sociology Building
“As black women, we are constantly being put down in a society that perpetuates the notion that we are anything other than extraordinary. I choose to be unapologetically me everyday, despite any naysayers. I am choosing my own path, and riding my own wave, and I am flourishing while doing it, all while remaining black, bold, and beautiful.”
13 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Courtney Rianne Humphrey
Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice
Location: Nyumburu Amphitheater
“I think possessing internal and external strength are ways that I exemplify what a Black woman is. With so much going on on a daily basis, maintaining composure and being adaptable in any and all circumstances is how I personify and emobody the traits of being a Black woman.”
14 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Alexis Ashley Brown
Location: Van Munching Hall
“As a black woman I try to uplift those around me especially other black woman who may not have the same love and appreciation for themselves.”
15 of 16 Olasubomi Adesoye.
Name: Gabriella Simone Davis
Major: Intended Individual Studies Program
Location: Maryland Stadium
“I'm constantly learning something new about my family from both sides. There is so much history, sacrifice, and knowledge that come with my skin color that I can't do anything but love and embrace it.”
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