Black History Month should be relevant to everyday life as a whole and is especially present in the historic town of Tuskegee, Alabama. Being in the city of Tuskegee has me at a great advantage because I am surrounded by history and some of the many people who has lived through some of it. Being surrounded by history shows me how there are many sacrifices that had to be made in order for going to Tuskegee University to be possible for me and many other students.

Being on the university’s campus is not only great but it is also awe-inspiring, to say the least. To be surrounded by almost 140 years of history can take a great toll on the mind by showcasing that we are awesome and can be successful in whatever positive things we put our mind to. Walking through the campus has given me the feeling that many years ago, people probably my age and older, walked through these doors and saw the endless amount of opportunities that was available for them. At the same time, being able to see all the historical sights and imagining how it used to be before modern times allows me to know that the work Booker T. Washington put into this school to have it built. Now, to have Tuskegee University be one of the most well-known HBCUs in the nation makes me believe that this was his dream and that we are all living it to make this school become what it is today.

Going onto TU’s campus gives me an even better view and a more clearer picture for my future, as achieving my goals has always been my main drive in life. Many years ago, there were students who wanted to learn and students who wanted to make life better for themselves and the next generation to come. I am grateful to be a part of this next generation to do something great and to make my mother proud no matter what happens.  

Living in Tuskegee has the effect that Black History Month is not only in February but its every month. Black History shows the struggles and the successes that have came into fruition because of years and years of being told what we couldn’t do. I’m glad I have this opportunity to be in a place where there are countless success stories. I am proud to be a Tuskegee citizen.

Tekajah Lewis 
GUA Ambassador 
Booker T. Washington High 
Class of 2020