Peace Akintade – Spoken Word

Throughout this presentation, Peace talked about many life experiences.  She focused on
discrimination, the importance of expression, and the hardships she has faced as a woman/girl of colour throughout her life. She uses spoken word as a form of expression, and a way to make sure her voice is heard.

Peace made me feel amazing about my ethnicity and culture; spoken word poems are a part of who I am and how I express myself.  Listening to her wonderful pieces made me feel ecstatic inside and out, especially as a person of colour who has experienced these things and a teenager who has felt these emotions. The biggest thing I took away from this presentation was the importance of culture, and being proud of who I am and not changing for anyone. There is only one me on this planet and I will be respected despite the colour of skin or my accent. It is because of this realization that I enjoyed this presentation as much as I did.

The biggest message I take away from this presentation is expressed in this quotation: “Everyone has something someone else doesn’t have it quite understand, but we can learn from each other” The meaning behind this was to respect each other and everyone’s differences, and just embrace the truth that no two people are exactly alike.

Peace’s words really inspired me as a mixed race South African who has experienced discrimination many times. She’s taught me that no matter what your ethnicity is, you should own it, and no one can deprive you of that.  For this reason alone, I am incredibly thankful that I was able to participate in and experience this presentation.

By: TERI THOMAS

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