JPII finished February’s Celebration of Black History with a dynamic assembly that included memorable speeches, music and dance performances, poetry and guest speaker Jennifer Slay.

The following poem was read during the assembly. The first stanza was written by Richard E. Jenkins, the second stanza by JPII’s own Roda Fadlmula.

They take my kindness for…. weakness
They take my silence for…. speechless
They consider my uniqueness…. strange
They call my language…. slang
They see my confidence as…. conceit
They see my mistakes as…. defeat
They consider my success…. accidental
They minimize my intelligence to potential
My questions mean I am unaware
My advancement is somehow unfair
To voice concern is discontentment
If I stand up for myself I am too defensive
If I dont trust them I am too apprehensive
I am defiant if I seperate
I’m fake if I assimilate
My character is constantly under attack
Pride for my race makes me too black

But I’m an ambassador…of liberty

I pave the way…to victory

Too black to some may be considered a…misery, even a tragedy

But to me, my skin represent a journey

A journey with a history

A history that overcomes adversaries

A heritage that is full of dignity and diversity

I am too black to someā€¦ my blackness may be a mystery

But to me it’s my history