This can apply to anyone if they are facing the same situation as these African Americans were such as being the only one different in a room where no one wants you there. This can happen to anyone with any situation whether its religion, race, or nationality. The message in this poem can help any one in this problem and encourage them to be brave and keep going just like these African Americans did.
It'll be scary
My great-great grandfather on my father's side
Was born free in Ohio,
Built his home and farmed his land,
Then dug for coal when the farming
Wasn't enough. Fought hard
In the war. His name in stone now
On the Civil War Memorial:
William J. Woodson
United States Colored Troops,
Union, Company B 5th Regt.
A long time dead but living still
Among the other soldiers
On that monument in Washington, D.C.
His son was sent to Nelsonville
Lived with his aunt
The only brown boy in an all-white school.
You'll face this in your life someday,
My mother will tell us
Over and over again.
A moment when you walk into a room and
No one there is like you.
It'll be scary sometimes. But think of William Woodson
And you'll be alright.