What Beyoncé reveals about the black experience and HBCU culture made me feel proud to be an alumnus of an HBCU institution. It reminded me of the superb job my school did educating me and teaching me life lessons that will help me reach success at every stage of my career. Her exhibition of determination, resilience and strength are among the reasons she is considered an icon of this generation. But her revealing how the world needs to protect HBCUs is a living testament of the prize we won. That ultimate prize is knowing in your mind that you are the walking embodiment of greatness because you are surrounded by it.
I’m thankful for the experience of attending an HBCU and witnessing so many extraordinary creatives grind it out to get to the top. Beyoncé herself is proof that my theory of foreseeing success in life is an accurate one, and the theory is that there’s “beauty in the struggle.” If you trust your process and trust your journey, then you will reap the benefits one day.
Beyoncé and her talented musicians demonstrated this to everyone, while reminding the future of black creators that they must continue to live out what actress Danai Gurira says in a sound bite featured in the documentary:
“The youth need to see greatness reflected in our eyes. Go forth! Let them know it’s real.”
Let us march on until victory is won.