Black History Month:
Our Past, Our Present, Our Future

Drisana Hughes

This post was written by Drisana Hughes.

Drisana graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with departmental honors in Political Science. While at Penn, she was a Research Assistant in the Political Science Department, Statistics tutor, and Tournament Director of the UPenn Mock Trial team. She previously worked for Morgan Stanley as a Strategic Content Analyst in their Institutional Equities Division before joining SAM.

February 19, 2018 // Article

The United States is a land of immigrants and refugees.

It is also home to the descendants of slaves who endured centuries of inhumane practices of forced transport and servitude at the hands of fellow Americans. While it ended slavery in name, the civil war did nothing to prevent the decades of race-based subjugation that followed, all of which undermined the inclusive merit-based ethos upon which our country was founded. Fortunately, through the tireless efforts of abolitionists, freedom fighters, and civil rights activists of all races, the United States emerged to brighter days. Eventually leading to the election of the first black President of the United States of America. We have come a long way, but we still have much to accomplish.

We, at SAM, honor black history as core American history. We seek to heal divides through productive evidence-based public discourse. In this and other respects, we have a long way to go. We chose our core principles, Dignity and Liberty foremost among them, to benefit all Americans, especially those who for far too long have been hindered in their ability to pursue their own version of the American Dream.

As a proud American of black and Hispanic heritage, I celebrate this month by appreciating our history and, through SAM, pledging to make our country better, more equitable, and more inclusive.

We can and will achieve even greater levels of effectiveness by bringing like-minded people under the same tent, disrupting the current chokehold in government and forging a bold path forward through unity, shared mission, and inclusion.

Join us.

— Drisana

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