There would not be any United States of America if it wasn’t for Black people.
From the moment the first ships docked to shore in Hampton, Virginia (1619),
To the final seconds of that fateful morning above the hills in Calabasas, Los Angeles,
Black stories have constituted American history since before it was a Union, and continue to do so to this day.
In Los Angeles, where would we be without our Black icons?
8:24, Nipsey Hussle, Tupac Amaru Shakur, Angela Yvonne Davis; that’s just the beginning.
We recognize their voices as we open this Mic,
But we also recognize:
Communities in Historic South Central,
In Compton and Watts.
From Long Beach, to Inglewood,
To Leimert Park, West Adams, and beyond.
Black bus drivers,
In the words of
Who would also come
To greet sunny Los Angeles:
Let’s get this
Open Mic going.