"We are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose." —Amanda Gorman

Chadwick Boseman will forever be the Black Panther. This movie was entertaining, action packed, and thrilling, yes, but it brought about a movement in the Black communities that was so unexpected. My first memories of movies with all Black casts were of slavery and the slave trade. But this film immolated strong Black professional men, women, and families who were respected for their contributions to their community. And their community was thriving so much so that they could reach out and help others. Black Panther showcased Black families with wealth, power, and influence. Something that is not often seen. Chadwick in his death inspired as much as he did in his life. As more and more of his personal story unfolded, I listened to his speeches on understanding your purpose and standing in your purpose.  I understood that he believed his purpose had been fulfilled.

A friend recently wrote that the Black Family unit is the best form of resistance. A purposeful unit that is meant to drown out all sounds of the negative world, negative influences that have the intent to destroy. We celebrate Black History Month and the achievements, resiliency, and tenacity of Black men and woman who came before us yet undoubtedly paved the way for us. And we celebrate the Black family unit, built with purpose and identity. It is far from perfect but it works to ensure that each individual inside has a chance to determine their purpose. And to chase that purpose in order to fulfil their destiny. And just as in Black Panther to utilize the strength in the family unit to change the world. What is your purpose? Are you standing in it? Wakanda Forever.

Joy Brunson-Nsubuga

Joy is the Vice President of the Southeast Region for RI International. She is an expert in Medication Assisted Treatment and is the leader of the RI Opioid Consult team. Joy is also a member of the RI International Diversity and Inclusion Council. She has determined that her purpose in career is the same as her purpose in life; to assist with breaking generational and systemic patterns with compassion, creativity, and consistency.