My name is Kaesee Bourne.
I am five generations removed from being a slave.
I am the daughter of Tony Bourne.
Granddaughter of Woodrow Bourne.
Great granddaughter of Levon Bourne.
Great great granddaughter of Warren Bourne.
Great great great granddaughter of Ishman Bourne — born a slave.
I come from resilience, bravery, and strength.
In the midst of absolute agony my people still brought good into this world.
(My people still bring good into this world)
Out of a place of utter darkness, their light still shined.
(Their light still shines)
My people have endured more than they should have.
— I should not be here.
And yet here I am.
I am what my ancestors survived for. Fought for.
Every breath I take is a protest.
Every day I am alive is a celebration of their lives.