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,
Up to the final seconds of that fateful morning above the hills in Los Angeles,
Black stories have constituted American history since before it was a Union, and continue to do so today.
In Los Angeles, where would we be without our Black icons?
8:24, Nipsey Hussle, Tupac Amaru Shakur, Angela Yvonne Davis, and more.
Their voices shaped this city and continue to do so, and it’s a privilege to recognize them as we Open this Mic, on this second to last day of Black History month 2020.
But we also recognize:
Communities in Historic South Central,
In Compton and Watts.
From Long Beach,
To Inglewood, and more.
Black bus drivers,
In the words of
Who would also come
To greet the sunshine of Los Angeles
Let’s get this
Open Mic going.