Black History Month is a time to honor those individuals who made a difference in our American society, against all odds. They rose above the oppression by sheer steadfast determination. This determined ability demonstrates an inner strength most of us are unaware of.
While some of these individuals became famous for their actions (see list), most went unnoticed. We honor the not-so-famous ‘underdogs’ right along with the ones who gave their lives for what they believed in, equality and civil rights.
Since the time Africans arrived in America in 1619 to the election of Barack Obama as president in 2008, we still strive to be an equal society. With this understanding, both the famous and underdogs individuals’ sacrifices are honored with Black History Month.
As we respect the ones who are famous, we remember the ones who stood up for themselves only to be placed in paupers' graves. Everyone of us can learn from these individuals. We honor them all.
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