I Am A Black Man

First written June 27, 2014

As an aspiring member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., my prophytes would often stress the importance of the statement:

“I am a black man.”

It seemed to be an obvious enough statement. I mean I am no biologist, but my eyes confirmed for me long ago that my melanin had intended for me to be black. As time passed though, I saw the significance of that statement — not just knowing what I see in the mirror, but understanding and internalizing it. The significance of saying it and representing it.



Collected Young Minds gave young minds a space to share their thoughts, engage with a community of peers, and gave voice to their views without censorship or prerequisites. This is a collection of essays written between 2013 and 2019 from various authors.

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Corey Ponder

Tech policy professional by day, wannabe superhero by night. Passionate about building communities, spaces, and platforms focused on inclusion and empathy.