Celebrate Black History Month because there are so any role models who proved the naysayers wrong.  Against all odds, they kept fighting for what they believed in.  As non-conformers they mustered all the courage that they had to bring justice to society.  Through his paper North Star, Frederick Douglass wrote about inequality to bring equality.  Sojourner Truth battled slavery by speaking out against it.  Harriet Tubman helped slaves escape through the Underground Railroad.  Daniel H. William saved lives by becoming a successful surgeon.  Langston Hughes wrote poetry to inspire justice and truth.  Jackie Robinson scored home runs on and off the baseball field.   After a long day of work,Rosa Parks decided to stay seated at the front of the bus.  Dr. Martin Luther King led the Civil Rights Movement that motivated people to fight segregation and racial discrimination.                                                                                                                                  

Dr King sent a message of love to the world, and he proved that division does not solve any of our problems.  When people stand together to fight for the justice, as they did in the Civil Rights Movement, we learn that by working together we can turn the impossible into possible.  All those Civil Rights marches, that Dr King supported, helped bring positive change through peaceful means.  While the voices of violence are feared, the voices of peace are heard.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Celebrate Black History Month to show that you are proud of your cultural heritage.  Being proud of who you are and being thankful for the sacrifices that your ancestors made should serve as an inspiration to fight harder for what you believe in.  Never forget where you came from, even if the past is painful, in order to build a successful future.                                                                                                              

The conformists never fight back and always accept things as they are.  They may decide to take the abuse because it is much easier to sit back than to fight back.  However, the nonconformists fight back with every ounce of their being.  They refuse to sit back in a comfortable chair.  If they are unable to end injustices, they will walk out the door.  Celebrate Black History Month by closing and opening any doors in your life.                                                                                                                                  

During Black History Month, we will be inspired by watching movies and documentaries about influential African American leaders.  Celebrate Black History Month by attending libraries and museums as well as any other cultural centers that have events dedicated to the movers and the shakers.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Since reading is one of the great equalizers, celebrate Black History Month by reading a book about a distinguished African American who made contributions to society. Reading gives us power and force that promotes real change.                                                                                                                  

Community service is a great way to help others during Black History Month.  Your service to others can be something as simple as helping someone with the groceries.  Take the time to uplift someone’s spirits by giving the encouragement, especially if they are sick or depressed.  You can also contribute to help a charitable cause.  Giving back to others keeps Dr King’s dream alive.                                                                                                                                                                                                                When we think of Dr King, most of us remember his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream.”  This speech was not only about the Civil Rights Movement and fighting inequality.  It was also about making our dreams come true. Dr King certainly inspires us to have the courage to work hard. Nothing in life that is worthwhile is seldom easy to achieve.