February is Black History Month, an annual observance and celebration of African American men and women who have made an impact in America, and around the world. We honor the people who saw something that needed to change, and found the strength within themselves to do something about it.
Black History Month is as much of a time to reflect on our collective past as it is a time to look towards the future, and consider what we can do to make it better for all people. Today, I’d like to share three history makers that have always inspired me, and please share yours with me in the comments below.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For many, Martin Luther King, Jr. is synonymous with Black History Month, and for good reason. Through his leadership and commitment to the cause, it gave those who believed in him hope for the future and strength to band together and stand up for what they believed in. He taught me the power of courage, and the importance of a dream.
Pictured: “I Have a Dream” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sculpture
Born on April 4, 1928, poet, memoirist and activist, Maya Angelou not only shares my birthday, but her work has made a huge impact in my life. Her story is one that inspires: believing first in yourself to rise above adversity. She taught me the power of my words and how self-expression can inspire others to do the same. I keep this figurine on my desk at work as a reminder of her legacy.
Pictured: Thrive with Passion and Style Figurine
Not only was he the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, a civil rights attorney and professor at the University of Chicago Law School, U.S. senator and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He exemplifies the lesson that we strive to teach every child from a young age: you can achieve greatness with hard work and dedication.
Pictured: Yes We Can Plate
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to connect with you in the comments. How do you observe Black History Month? Who inspires you? What are your hopes for the future?
Please share this post to share some inspiration today!Celebrating Black History Makers by Beth Simon