Growing up I was influenced by many people. With Black History Month upon us, this February I have been reflecting on the people that impacted me in my life that were in my community as I grew up. These people included my mother, father, extended family, teachers, bus drivers, church members, and health professionals. The list is so long I cannot even name them all. There were owners of small businesses such as barber shops and beauty salons that I looked up to. There were also homemakers and retirees that made a lasting impression on me as well.
No matter the person, the one thing that all of these black history, hometown heroes had in common is that they cared about me and they cared about the community. They always had time to give a positive word; or a word of correction for behavior they did not like. Or, if they were not the vocal type they role modeled how to live and were available to share wisdom and guidance. For me, they showed me how to be proud of who I am, they gave me a sense of safety, and they also gave me the push to keep striving to be my very best.
This February I want to say THANK YOU to all of the black history, hometown heroes out there that are making a difference in the lives of those around you. Keep going, do not grow weary. Even if it feels like no one appreciates it or notices, I can promise you that they do. I was one of those kids that was always watching.
I celebrate you every single day!