BHM: Q&A with Student Gabrielle Yowell

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and appreciate all the innovative things my ancestors have been a part of. The world wouldn’t be the same without the extraordinary contributions of the Black community, so it’s nice to have our history at the forefront of the conversation.

If you could meet a civil rights pioneer, who would it be and why? What would you ask?

If I could meet a civil rights pioneer, I would love the opportunity to sit down with the influential Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, who was honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor. She was prominent in the Civil Rights Movement as she worked tirelessly advocating for African Americans, women, voting rights and many other important causes with the goal of equality for all. I would ask her how she learned how to persevere as a Black Woman when times were hard, while living in a world where those two identities are often oppressed, underappreciated, and discriminated against.