Melisande is a TEDx Speaker and is quoted as saying,1 You have probably been told time and time again that you are our 'future.' I am here to tell you today that you are our 'now.' You have the power to make a difference.
Melisande's ancestors were among the 272 slaves whom Georgetown priests sold in 1838 to pay off the university's debts. She is now a 64-year-old sophomore at Georgetown, admitted through the legacy program as a descendant of the 272 enslaved people.
Now, after learning of her family's history, she feels a certain weight of responsibility being one of the first descendants enrolled at Georgetown. She speaks about the journey and path learning that history and how the paper trails have changed her life and mission.