Navigating Bi-Racial Identity While Celebrating Black Excellence 

By Candice Morris, Partnership Director

In today’s world, it’s essential to pause and reflect on the tapestry of history and culture that shapes our society. There’s an increasing recognition of the significance of rediscovering, honoring, and celebrating the diverse heritages that contribute to our collective identity — particularly those of marginalized communities. 

As an educator for the past fifteen years, I’ve actively embarked on a personal journey of education, and celebration of my heritage. Motivated by a desire to deepen my understanding and appreciation of my roots, I’ve navigated the complex terrain of my bi-racial identity while simultaneously embracing and uplifting my Black heritage. This journey of self-discovery led me to organizations like Equal Opportunity Schools, where I found a meaningful purpose in advocating for inclusive learning environments.  In my role as a Partnership Director, I am dedicated to bridging educational disparities and empowering students of color to unlock their full potential.  

Education transcends mere knowledge transfer—it’s about empowering individuals to understand and celebrate their identities fully. My journey stands as a testament to the transformative power of education and self-discovery.  

This Black History Month, the theme “African Americans and the Arts” provides a poignant opportunity to delve into the rich contributions of Black individuals to various artistic mediums. As we commemorate this month, we are spotlighting resources and learning opportunities aimed at enriching the understanding of the profound impact and invaluable contributions made by individuals within the African American community across the artistic spectrum.

It’s essential to recognize the importance of embracing our dualities. Let’s embrace our differences, celebrate our diversity, and draw inspiration from the legacies of those who came before us, fostering personal growth and societal progress along the way.