The 2017 installment of Black History Untold is underway. This year’s theme is “Black Joy,” the practice of celebrating black culture and black people despite the world dictating otherwise. We’re excited to showcase our participants, but we want to hear from you. Share your Black Joy moment with us in one of four ways:
In your words: In 200 words, email us your story about your Black Joy moment. It could have been something that happened when you were a kid or more recently. It could be an event or person. Anything that changed your worldview and created an overwhelmingly joyful outlook on Blackness and your strategy on sustaining it. Be as detailed as possible.
Photo: One photo of a person, place, thing or event that captures Black Joy.
Video: A recording of Black Joy. The recording can be a poem, a song or an event in three minutes or less.
Tweet: Using Twitter, tweet your Black Joy moment text, photo, video to us @phillydotcom using the hashtag #BlackHistoryUntold.
Need some inspiration? Take a look at this year's reader entries.
Brandon Brown, 46, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School
"My black joy moment is when I get to see my Sigma Betas (fraternity youth group members) graduate from high school. For a lot of them, it’s been a long journey and the look they give me when they see me there supporting them...that’s joy."
Stephen Ashmon, 25, Darby
"My black joy moment was when I graduated from college. I was able to go against the odds."
Denise Brame, 50, West Philly, Direct care worker for seniors and children
"My black joy moment was the election of our first black president. That made me proud. Hearing him win was such a joyful moment."
Continue the conversation about Black Joy with Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY on 2/28, at WHYY Studio, where local African American leaders share stories about what brings happiness to their lives. Sign up: www.philly.com/blackjoyevent