Boston College Black Family Weekend Speech: Blackness Without Boundaries
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“Everyone sees your glory but few know your story.” Allow me to share a bit of mine. People like me don’t normally end up where I am today. I was a premature baby born to high school sweethearts. My mom was 14 and my dad was 16. I like to joke that even in my mom’s womb, patience was never my biggest virtue. Modern medicine wasn't what it is now so being born premature was a big deal. There were lots of doctors visits. During one such visit my family entered a white room, and a white doctor in a white coat walked in and ran some tests on me. White rooms are horrible for infants as I am sure some of our School Of Nursing folk can attest to. So naturally I ignored much of the doctor’s commands. Upon completion he looked at my folks and said that he didn't think that I would walk, talk or be a functioning member of society and that my family should prepare for that likely outcome.