The Impact of Black Leaders

Black History Month 2020 cover with American flag

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

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.

Malcolm X

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.

Barack Obama

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.

Published by: Kim Petitt

As a person living with a disability challenge is part of my life. I struggled with my identity and I recognize that I still have insecurities to face, but that doesn't mean I can't walk in everything God has purposed me to walk in despite my insecurities. Because of the nature of my condition and physical disability, God's grace is evident in my life everyday and I find strength in the word of God that says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who gives me power". (CJB).

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9 thoughts on “The Impact of Black Leaders”

  1. I’m so happy you put Barack Obama as a leader because for people like me he was the example that lead our childhood. For me from the age 8-16 him and his wife were a huge part in making life easier in black schools and homes. This impacted me directly and was a great example for how youth should lead positively.

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  2. Thank you, Kim for sharing about these great leaders that made an impact in this world. Malcolm X was a bit radical, but as you said he later had tone down just before he was killed.


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