As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, for this blog post I would like to highlight Black leaders with profound stories and an incredible legacy. They all share some commonalities of confidence and bravery that no doubt was determination through struggle and oppression.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Empowered by faith and motivated by equality for all people, Dr. King delivered penetrating words such as his “I Have a Dream” speech that moved a people to change their mentality, which ultimately shifted society. There is still more work to be done in regard to Dr. King’s vision, but there is no doubt of the immense progress because of the labor done by great leaders such as him.
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a White passenger on a bus. Because she took a stance, Black people organized a boycott to allow Blacks to sit wherever they want to sit.
He was known for his drastic measures and views on segregation, but Malcom X is nonetheless an important Black leader for the movement he led. Although Malcolm X stood firm in the beliefs of Islam, he later renounced its teachings and his views became a message of love for all.
One of the most recent and significant Black leaders of our time, Barack Obama was the first African American to ever be elected President of the United States. The entire Obama family is one of the greatest examples of black love and deserves to be celebrated during Black History Month.
Black leaders have proven themselves to be the catalyst for change and upward mobility for African Americans. There are many other Black leaders that I could talk about but time would not permit me so I would like to propose a challenge to you; research great Black leaders throughout history. As much as it’s not mentioned and as often as we should remember without African American history there really is no American history.