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On Saturday (June 24), Solange Knowles celebrated 31 years of life. So, of course, as a proud mother would, Tina Lawson took to Instagram to honor her youngest with a sweet and empowering message detailing the A Seat at the Table singer’s unwavering courage.

“Happy Birthday my beautiful baby girl. 31 years ago today you entered this world (when YOU got good and damned ready to come)! 10 days late! We were all in love!!!” she wrote.

“You’ve been walking to the beat of your own drum every since!!” the caption continued. “I don’t know anyone who is as headstrong and determined to do it their way , no matter the consequences. I admire your courage , Boldness, intelligence , beauty , refusal to conform to others definition of (traditional beauty , your kindness, loyalty, love of family , great mom skills, fashion sense , work ethic , activism. I could go on.”

Tina went on to share a heartwarming story of how Solange has always been one to speak up and have her voice heard, even as a child.

“The Asst. principle called me when you were in the 6th grade and said you started a petition to discipline a teacher because she continuously allowed a student to harass and disrupt the class and keep the other kids from learning!” Tina said. “She said you were disruptive and too grown,  at which i said ‘go Solange’ I was as proud as I could be! I told her so. You were always lite years ahead of your time. We are always here and got your back !! I love you with all my heart!!!”

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