What Black History Means To Me

What Black History Means To Me

As a Black Man growing up in the United States of America, I look back on the history of Black’s in America and marvel at the determination, strength, adaptability, ingenuity, courage, resolve and contributions that we have made to make America and the world a better place to live. When I look at the physical and mental strength that it took for our relatives to endure the long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, I know that I can face any challenge that’s placed before me today. Black History provides me strength.{{more}}When I look at the struggle that our relatives went through during the Civil Rights Era, I know that I can face any challenge that’s placed before me today. Black History provides me with the courage to take on new and difficult challenges.When I look at the innovative contributions that our relatives have made to society, I know that I can analyze and solve any problem placed before me. Black History provides me with the reassurance that I can affect the world in a positive and creative way.• Dr. Charles Drew: a physician, researcher and surgeon revolutionized the understanding of blood plasma – leading to the invention of blood banks; • Garrett A. Morgan: inventor, created the gas mask and the traffic signal;• Dr. Patricia Bath: has dedicated her life to the treatment and prevention of visual impairments. Her personal belief that everyone has the “Right to Sight” led to her invention in 1985 of a specialized tool and procedure for the removal of cataracts. With the Laserphaco Probe and procedure, Dr. Bath increased the accuracy and results of cataract surgery, which had previously been performed manually with a mechanical grinder.When I look at President Obama and his ability to become the First Black President of the United States of America, I know that a popular statement echoed by my parents, “you can be anything you want to be with hard work and dedication,” is true. Black History provides me with the knowledge that I can dream for the stars and achieve it.It is rewarding to know that the struggle that our ancestors went through has paved the way for all Americans, not just Blacks, to be able to pursue the American Dream. It is again reassuring to know that we have made great strides toward Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have A Dream” speech which stated: “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Black History means to me, that there is still much work to be done, but through the efforts of those who made and are making Black History we have come a long way!