Hear from Rafeedah Keys, member of LMA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and senior marketing manager at Perkins Coie LLP, as she shares what Black History Month means to her.
“The past can help open doors to the future. Black History Month is a time to celebrate and appreciate the works of my ancestors, connect with my roots, reflect on the progress made to advance causes critical to the advancement of Black people and share the wonderful accomplishments of the people of the African diaspora with everyone in the United States and the world.”
What does being a Black woman mean to you in 2021?
“Being a Black woman in 2021 means defining what that means to me, on my own terms. Black women cover the spectrum with who we are, what we want, what we enjoy, who we value, etc. I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge a deep desire to work hard to wake people up from the deep level of subconscious entitlement that has protected the privilege of so many.”
Do you have a favorite Black History Month memory?
“One of my favorite Black History Month memories was when I was a little girl in Texas. My 5th grade teacher taught the entire class call and response songs for one of our Black History Month lessons. It made me so happy because we could all participate – it was inclusive. My friends and I had so much fun we sang the songs on the playground during recess for days afterward!”
Please join us in thanking Rafeedah for sharing her memories and perspectives!