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Ahyanna Nakia

Panelist

My artist statement includes the photo of my daughter and "Ancestors Return Home" piece that I dedicated to all those before us who have lost their lives due to racial injustice.

 

 

 

 

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My favorite quote is "Design Your Own Pattern in Life." It is important for our Black youth to know that they must take pride in who they are and to practice Sankofa - understanding the past in order to move forward in the future.

 

It is important for them to express who they are by adding their own experiences and not feeling they have to always blend in for acceptance.

 

We are all unique and we all add an intricate piece to history so our patterns won't be the same.