Marching in the Inaugural Parade for Barack Obama

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Music is the expression of passion, emotion and opinion through the harmony of melody and song. As I reflect on my educational and social journey, I begin to understand how my experiences are like a musical masterpiece, composed of intricate and dynamic passages and movements. I was first introduced to music in the fourth grade and as I matriculated my passion for music grew quite strong. In middle school and high school, I participated in various musical ensembles on colleges campuses and competed as both a soloist and in a quartet. The most gratifying musical experiences during my musical career occurred approximately four years apart from each other. The first was when I marched with the Tournament of Roses Honor Band in the 2005 Rose Parade, a historical event that celebrates the innovation of music, family and community. The following experience was on January 19th, 2009 when I marched with the Hampton University Marching Force in the Inaugural Parade for Barack Obama. My experiences with music helped me develop a sense of commitment, resilience, respect, versatility and pride as an individual and a future lawyer. These qualities are key in my plans of obtaining a J.D. degree. I’m determined to use my mastery of the law as a stepping stone for a career in critical race law. As a vehicle for change, I will use my knowledge to influence the legal system to adopt a more culturally innovative and diverse framework.

Living in an isolated, affluent community, it became apparent that those who haven’t been exposed to different cultures lack the cultural comprehension to facilitate a culturally and socially cohesive community. As one of few Black families in La Canada, my twin brother and I were well aware on the role diversity pl...

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...e organization. As a senior and now president, my visions and goals have matured. The present challenge to the group is to share your passion with all students so they too can appreciate the beauty and influence of music. Furthermore, this demonstrates the impact diversification of thought and talent has had and could have on Black women in music.

As a result of taking advantage of diverse opportunities, I am an academically and socially well-rounded individual. My confidence and creativity make me an asset for UCLA College of Law because my experiences as a scholar, musician and leader enable me to dynamically enhance the student body. Studying law is a crucial to understanding race relations because it seeks to unify society’s perception of race and law. My past is composed of both andante and allegro movements which indicate my future success as a law student.

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