…and heroines. The culture motivated me to read about Black history. It was “the times,” the era of blacks making statements, the post civil rights era and we were still in the “revolutionary” phase. People in general were secure enough to seek homes in the suburbs in droves and in search of a “better life.” We were building family, community and raising one’s self-consciousness. Of course, any “movement” has it’s share of selfish, opportunistic people and those who believe ‘this’ is about getting “mine.” But in general the times were good. I learned a great deal in those years about the history of our people. I learned it from the American side of things as well as Africa and the rarely discussed perspective of our influence in other nations.

But I focused my attention on a few key figures in the history of America: Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Harriett Tubman, John Brown, W.E.B. Dubois of and of course Martin Luther King. I was in discussions with friends and family that helped me learn about names like Medgar Evers and then there was Malcolm X; he became a giant in my mind!

But history doesn’t stop in the past. Even now, there are those who are fighting battles we are certain we will lose. There are those who seem foolish for taking the stand they do and yet, the day will come when they will take their place in the hall of fame.

And of course, I must bring it back to Y-O-U. While I suspect I know what you think of you - both the highs and lows - I believe there are days where you can’t imagine your accomplishments will be written about…you may be correct, you might be wrong. You can’t imagine anyone thinks highly of you, to the degree of admiration, but think again. Consider, dear one, you are admired for your ability to dream, analyze, connect and achieve! And while you may or may not be a Harriet Tubman or Madame C.J. Walker or a Marcus Garvey, you are Y-O-U! And as far as I’m concerned, you have a place in the list of heroes and heroines!