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In Honor of Our Ancestors: Juneteenth Poetry

In Honor of Our Ancestors: Juneteenth Poetry

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Celebrate the Juneteenth holiday or Black History Month by reading a beautiful Juneteenth poem written by PATTERN poet Amena Brown to commemorate the United States emancipation of enslaved people.



We carry liberation in our cheekbones
We fold the stories of our ancestors
Into song
Into science
Into fashion
Into food
Into innovation
We follow the recipe in the legacy of our people
And it is there we nourish ourselves
We gather
To bring ourselves to a table where love is always served
Let’s come home to each other
We are our own harvest
We are our own healing place
We gather
To heal
To remind ourselves of a freedom song
To sing for those who may not feel like singing
To sing for those who are no longer here to sing
To honor the freedom we have
And fight for the freedom we have yet to see
We rest and we protest
We pick beans and pop gum
We pontificate
We fix grandma a plate
Our joy is our resistance
Our beauty is our glory
Our courage is our resilience
Our freedom is written in the follicles of our hair
In each other
We have strength for the journey
- Amena Brown, @ amenabee
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Reviewed by Ashley Ludgood

With over 12 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry, Ashley Ludgood brings a wealth of expertise to her current role at PATTERN. Her insights have been featured in reputable publications like American Salon Magazine, American Spa Magazine, and Skin, Inc. Ashley has also shared her knowledge at conferences, including Face & Body, demonstrating her ongoing commitment to contributing to the industry. Having been an integral part of the team at PATTERN for nearly 4 years, Ashley continues to make significant contributions. Holding a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, she remains passionate about her field. Among her favorite products, Ashley turns to the PATTERN Styling Cream, Moisture Milk, and the Cleansing Shampoo as her go-to essentials.


Such a beautiful poem. It brings me to tears. Our people were beautiful, is beautiful. Why did it take so long to acknowledge our history.

Linnie Brooks

My heart swellls with the joy I have when I repeatedly recite this poem! It speaks to me with a strong sense of family and love to share with all my people! We ARE and forever will Be!

Angela Smith

Love my order , give some to my mother & sister, edge control didn’t work for me however it smells great


I absolutely love pattern ! it leaves all textures of my curls very moisturized


Excellent poem!!!!!!!!!

Leah Ann Jones

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