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5 Questions with Gabrielle Shepard

Using Black History to Ignite the Future

This Black History Month, filmmaker Gabrielle Shepard 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.

 

We sat down with the filmmaker to find out how she’s using her art to give hope to future generations.

 

1. Why is celebrating Black history important today?

 

Black history is important today because it celebrates the men and women who transcend adversity against all odds. Currently, there are eerie parallels to darker times in our world history; however, it’s important to see that there are generations before us who’ve overcome many obstacles despite adversity.

 

“The images that we see in the media shape and inform our perspective of the world. It’s important for the world to see the celebrations of the past in order to inspire a progressive and inclusive vision of the future.” — Gabrielle Shepard

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

 

The images that we see in the media shape and inform our perspective of the world. It’s important for the world to see the celebrations of the past in order to inspire a progressive and inclusive vision of the future.

 

3. In a single sentence, what’s the best way to celebrate Black history?

 

The best way to celebrate Black history is to use it to ignite and inspire the future.

 

4. What would you do to ensure the celebration of Black history reverberates year-round?

 

I’m an avid believer in 365 days of Black history, and I make sure to lift up and highlight images of Black men and women who walk in the light of success and free spirit.

 

5. Name the most important qualities someone needs to have in order to make Black history:

 

Passion, heart, perseverance and strength.

 

*Responses edited with permission for clarity and length.

 

Watch Gabrielle Shepard tell the story of Billy Graham here.

 

Check out other “History by Me” profiles:

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George Tyrone McCleary
8 months ago
Six Thousand Pounds OF Respect Proud TOBE BLACK in America. BY GEORGE T.McCleary
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Morgan
7 months ago
I love this young black woman using her platform for positivity and hope to see more from her. She is beautiful inside and out as well as an inspiration to all
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