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5 Questions with Denzel Dion

Using Influence For Positive Change

This Black History Month, social media star Denzel Dion and others are working with AT&T to tell lesser-known but fascinating stories from Black history. It’s all part of AT&T 28 Days History by Us — Black history told by those making it.

 

Recently, we caught up with the trendsetter to find out what Black History Month means to him and to find out what it takes to make Black History.

 

1. In today’s era of social media, how important is it for influencers to use their platforms to champion Black history? 

 

It’s very important. Nowadays students are always on their phones, watching their favorite creators. If they see that we are championing Black history and how strongly we feel about it, they will as well.

 

“It's a time when we celebrate the wise ones who paved the way for us to be where we are now as a community.” —@denzeldion

2. Why is celebrating Black history important today?

 

African Americans are now taking opportunities to a whole other level and people are realizing we are a force to be reckoned with. We wouldn't be where we are if it wasn't for the ones who spoke up about equality, civil rights, women’s rights and other injustices. This is why Black History Month is important; it's a time when we celebrate the wise ones who paved the way for us to be where we are now as a community, and it’s a time for us to just rejoice, sit back and try to influence and add something to what others have done for the community.

 

3. Name the most important qualities someone needs to have in order to make Black history?

 

Leadership, awareness, honesty, caring, intelligence, resilience. You need these qualities to inspire others to do what couldn't be done before. To do what others saw as the impossible.

 

4. What does Black History Month mean and represent to you personally?

 

It celebrates those who fought for all of us to have a voice in this still close-minded society, to be equal and not allow others to belittle or dehumanize us as human beings just because of the color of our skin.

 

5. How would you characterize Black History Month in one word?

 

Freedom.

 

*Responses edited with permission for clarity and length.

  

Watch Denzel Dion tell the story of Jan Ernst Matzelieger here.

 

Check out other “History by Me” profiles:

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Patricia Lewis
3 months ago
Fabulous Dion. You have voiced the most important qualities Black folks must have. Be blessed my brother.
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Darla Long
3 months ago
Excellent Dion
Black History is a movement that has always inspiered me to move forward as a woman Bllack history is an inspiration to all woman.


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