Black History Month is more than celebrating the African American heritage, it is understanding the power of the human spirit and what can be accomplished when the only person who believes in you. . .is you.
This past week, I have learned a lot about how personal thoughts and public opinion can shape the way a person thinks of themselves. Whether they are portrayed as a good or bad person, it effects their thoughts, actions and how they see themselves.
After reading and studying about great African Americans like Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph and Author Ashe, I am amazed at how they broke down barriers that were constantly placed in front of them. Think about it, Jesse Owen's grandfather was a slave, his father was a share cropper and Jesse Owens, well. . .became in Olympian.
If you are an athlete, fitness fanatic, someone trying to lose weight/change their lifestyle or you just love sports, understand that in order to move from the bottom to the top, it takes A LOT of hard work (blood, sweat and tears). Obstacles will be put in front of you but it is how you break down those obstacles and keep moving forward that will determine who you are and how you will get there.
Understand that Black History Month is a month for EVERYONE to appreciate. Our history may be ugly and hard to read about but we have the ability to change for the better by putting people first no matter who they are or where they have come from.