I started growing my hair out almost three years ago and during that same time I attended Hunter College where I would finally learn the truth about Malcolm X; he was not a villain, tyrant, anti-Martin, evil activist that the school books told me about. He uplifted us, he empowered us, he told us that we were beautiful just the way we are. He told us that our hair was beautiful and our skin was beautiful, our lips and noses--beautiful. He told us that black people created this world, that we were inventors, that without us this world would be nothing. He asks us, "Who Taught You?" James Baldwin informs us that we must find a way to reunite ourselves in order to Plot Against the Master. Nina Simone tells us that black people are the most beautiful beings in the world and Martin reminds us that "100 years later the Negro is not free." We must recognize the oppressor. We must all fight for our freedom. We must know what we are beautiful.