Hello, friends! In this country, and around the world, we have been celebrating Black History Month since 1976. We commemorate Black Leaders in our history.
There are so many historical figures who have inspired me. Let’s start with our former Commander-in-chief Barrack Obama, our 44th president of the United States. He was the first African American to be elected to that office. Thank you for your service, Mr. President. We are going to miss you and your family in the White House.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist. Dr. King led a nonviolent movement to achieve legal equality for African-Americans in the United State.
Rosa Parks, the Civil rights activist, made history when she refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger.
When Octavia E Butlter was growing up, she was told she couldn’t be a science fiction writer because she was black.
Malcolm X, was an African American religious leader. He was assassinated by rival Black Muslims.
I was never into boxing. However, this great legend, Muhammad Ali,was my parents’ and the world’s favorite boxer. As a child, growing up in Italy, when his fights were on during those summer nights, we were allowed to stay up and watch. Even though it is not my favorite sport to watch, I remember making an effort to watch this icon.
By the way, this just blows my mind. How was this kept a secret for all these years?
“In the 1960s, Mercury astronauts Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn and others absorbed the accolades of being the first men in space. Behind the scenes, they were supported by hundreds of unheralded NASA workers, including “human computers” who did the calculations for their orbital trajectories. “Hidden Figures,” a 2016 book by Margot Lee Shetterly and a movie based on the book, celebrates the contributions of some of those workers.”
Last, but not least, Miss Oprah Winfrey. This American television host, actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur is one of my favorite icons, idols, you name it.
Everyone knows and loves her, and she does not require an introduction. I began watching her show when I first moved to the USA. She became one of my favorite talk show hosts. For me, Oprah is the female version of God here on earth.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes for Black History Month: “One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings.”
—Franklin Thomas, activist, philanthropist, and former president of the Ford Foundation