Eboni

Our lives matter,  our hearts need to be felt, our voices need to be heard. We are here. So see us, respect us,  educate us, hear us.
 
 With a B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Pharmacy, Eboni is a Pharmacist in Santa Cruz. One day she plans to return to school to finish a Master’s Degree in public health.

With a B.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Pharmacy, Eboni is a Pharmacist in Santa Cruz. One day she plans to return to school to finish a Master’s Degree in public health.

What's it like being Black in Santa Cruz?

Being black in Santa Cruz is being black in America.  I wake up everyday as a black professional woman. I understand and appreciate the foundation given to me. Don't try to define me without knowing me. My upbringing, my experiences, my blackness is mine. I am me, proud of me, and who I am. 
 Eboni and her daughter Deshaun

Eboni and her daughter Deshaun

What does Black Lives Matter mean to you?

Black Lives Matter means we exist too. We have a right to be here as much as you. Don't believe we are less than. We, as black people, have helped to contribute to every aspect of this country. We deserve and have earned every right as much as anyone else. Our lives matter,  our hearts need to be felt, our voices need to be heard. We are here. So see us, respect us,  educate us, hear us. 
 Eboni’s daughter Deshaun, a student at Santa Cruz High School, has been practicing Capoeira since she was a young girl. And Deshaun’s 4th and 5th grade teacher was Eboni’s friend. “Deshaun doesn’t truly know what it’s like to not be cared for. She might have little pockets of insecurity here and there, but she’s so secure, and she comes here (to Capoeira) and this is a safe space for her.

Eboni’s daughter Deshaun, a student at Santa Cruz High School, has been practicing Capoeira since she was a young girl. And Deshaun’s 4th and 5th grade teacher was Eboni’s friend. “Deshaun doesn’t truly know what it’s like to not be cared for. She might have little pockets of insecurity here and there, but she’s so secure, and she comes here (to Capoeira) and this is a safe space for her.

 Deshaun posted a photo of herself upside down in the middle of a cartwheel, and wrote, ‘Sometimes you have to look at life in a different way.’ She’s only 17, where is she coming up with this? Because of the people she’s been surrounded with, she’s safe….When she’s with her ‘Brazilian family’ she’s fine.

Deshaun posted a photo of herself upside down in the middle of a cartwheel, and wrote, ‘Sometimes you have to look at life in a different way.’ She’s only 17, where is she coming up with this? Because of the people she’s been surrounded with, she’s safe….When she’s with her ‘Brazilian family’ she’s fine.

 

What's it like being Black in Santa Cruz?

Black Lives Matter means we exist too. We have a right to be here as much as you. Don't believe we are less than. We, as black people, have helped to contribute to every aspect of this country. We deserve and have earned every right as much as anyone else.
 As a single mom to a teenager, Eboni spends a lot of time taking her daughter to her various activities and enjoys her quiet time reading a book in the car as she waits.

As a single mom to a teenager, Eboni spends a lot of time taking her daughter to her various activities and enjoys her quiet time reading a book in the car as she waits.

 

What do you hope viewers of this exhibit will come away thinking about?

We are beautiful people. Again see us in total. Don’t define us on what you see or what you hear. Our stories are multi-layered. Get to know us not only as black people, but just as people.