A proud black woman

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A Strong Black Woman
Don't let them define you

I am a proud black woman 

Every inch, color, curve of my body is something I learned to accept

Something I once questioned while looking at myself in the mirror 

I am a proud black woman

Even though I get paid less than my white cousin

And my choice in clothing is frowned upon

I am a proud black woman 

Even though my "missing dad" is seen more as a statistic than a cry for help

I am required to push through because of the color of my skin

Or else I'm seen as weak 

I am a proud black woman 

Throughout the braided hair

The urban dance

The "cool" swag

You see they want to be us until they have to be us

They don't want the discrimination,

The lower pay,

The unfairness 

They want everything, but the struggle that makes us, us

They don't want the "dark" stamp of our past

The journey we took through a series of trusted foes 

Harriet Tubman 

William Still

Prince Hall

Names they claim to know but don't 

One thing remains 

I am a proud black woman 

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