This beautiful video was developed by a group of National Park Service staff and interns to explore the trauma, resilience, and beauty of the African American experience in our country. The story of black history in America may have been lost and forgotten at times, but this film uses beautiful photography and the words of Maya Angelou's poem "Still I Rise" to illustrate the beauty and courage of those who have withstood discrimination and hate.


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  • Diane Lange

    I was inspired by the beautiful and powerful images of love, strength, and resiliency being portrayed and the power of Maya Angelou's poem being highlighted by these pictures. Thank you for this gift!

  • Trishna Shah

    Beautiful poetry and powerful message ❤️

  • Suzanne

    Iam so grateful that this poem of beauty ad spirit is shared with me in this way. I witness these images is such a gift and I want to acknowledge the courage and faith I see in this video. Thank you to all the people here and thank you to the NPS for support this piece of art.

  • Yvonne McAskill

    The sense of who we are comes through so beautifully …it’s filled with pride to be who I am …and the joy radiates out and touches whoever is blessed enough to see…thank you….I pray that everyone can find within themselves this beauty …

  • Thalia

    I found this incredibly moving

  • Aliya

    The words, the joy that can exist with suffering. The images of people who weren't supposed to be people but animals. The music, that helps one contemplate what they need to rise above. The relevance to today and tomorrow.

  • Kathryn Seidler

    The hope, pride, resilience, and grace of this poem brings tears to my eyes. So much of these qualities in the faces and bodies of the people in this video was inspiring and very moving.

  • Ramesh Shah

    I am working with Afghan Refugees in Clev. Ohio; We are watching the struggle of Ukrainians on TV. This Video portraits beautifully "Resilience, Persistence and Hope" are vital elements to overcome the challenges. Gandhi from India and Martin Luther King also demonstrated in action.

  • Sahara

    Yess!! Still I Rise through resilience, hope and aspiration

  • Ann

    What inspired you about this video?The power of belief of one’s dignity that gives the resilience to have the courage to rise

  • Brooke Bishop

    The deminishment of "the other", to separate us to gain power over, must be skillfuly, and dispassionately examined if we are to heal this self destructive human trait. I pray that we do this. This video instructs me to do that. Thank you for presenting it.

  • Garth

    The tone, the pictures, the people ... everything is possible if we rise and are supported.

  • Gracie

    The power, beauty, grace and courage that starts with believing in one's possibilities, and the courage of so many to break down teach by being who you are. There are not enough words to explain the power of this poetry. Thank you

  • suzanne

    In these times, it movess us to all rise, and move toward the Light.

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  • Learn why it is important for schools to teach Black history year round and not just in February for Black History month. 
  • Discover some famous and not so famous African Americans who overcame great odds to be undefeated. 
  • Look at the ways resilience has influenced your own family and cultural perspective by connecting with our communal ancestors as a human race and allow their stories to give you courage to overcome your own challenges. 

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