Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.”
From that statement comes an even subtler implication. Light is necessarily distinct from darkness. They cannot and never will be equivalent.
Light comes in and redesigns the space around it.
When I came to W&L, I didn’t recognize my light. I did not recognize that the very pigment of my skin was a light that by existence challenges the norms around me.
I finally realized what it meant. I realized the power in my presence, and I was determined to not only shine my light, but to make my light glow.
My melanin is a light that glows, and you can’t glow if you blend in.