Earlier this year, history-making ballerina Misty Copeland sat down with President Barack Obama to talk about race in America.
“I hope that there are young men of color who are looking at me and saying, ‘I can aspire to be the president, or a senator, or a community organizer and make change in my neighborhoods,’” Obama said during the interview organized by Time and Essence magazines.
“I think that being African-American has definitely been a huge obstacle for me,” Copeland explained. “But it’s also allowed me to have this fire inside of me that I don’t know if I would have or have had if I weren’t in this field.”
Today, as the nation begins to process what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for black Americans, Copeland recalled her time spent with Obama at the White House. In an Instagram posted on Nov. 9, she remained positive: “We’ll make it through 💪🏾,” she wrote.
Still, she ― like many Americans today ― wasn’t afraid to admit to a little heartbreak.