I am from Italian immigrant grandparents
Naples and Atina
I am from changing our last name
no ending in a vowel because it will give you away
I am from leaving who you are behind when at work or school
and embracing it at home where no one could see
I am from my dad being told by his teacher he would end up in jail
because he was different
I am from "not me"
"I will show you"
I am from middleweight world boxing contender
I am from the golden gloves to the golden dome
I am from a man who fought for the rights of all
when it wasn't the popular thing to do and help create laws to protect the vulnerable
I am from a man who never wanted anyone to feel bad, go without, or be discriminated against because of where they came from or who they became
I am from a man who was proud when I decided to become a teacher
so I can help give a child a chance to learn, succeed and love who they are & be proud to share who they are
I am from my father ......