Dear Saroya...

Feb 11, 2021 at 10:19 PM MST

“Share what you’ve learned with those around you and listen carefully in the face of argumentation. Put yourself in others’ shoes while staying true to yourself and you will do just fine. Stay focused and let go of frustrations, as you will face many as the outspoken Black woman you will become.”

Bookended by the words of Maya Angelou and her poem Phenomenal Woman, Saroya Tinker reads a powerful letter she wrote to her younger self.