I am still on a journey to defeat all that being black and experiencing multiple types of oppression in this society would make me have to overcome. But, to be black and free is to recognize and celebrate our skin, our history, our culture, our community, our faith, our strengths, our accomplishments and our endurance and perseverance as a people. To be black and free is to know and celebrate my brilliance, my beauty, my resilience, my imperfections and my gifts. It is fighting to have my/our personhood respected with the rights and boundaries that go with it. It is the ability to live out my/our most purpose-filled life, knowing the ancestors are behind me/us holding me/us up.