When I think about the trail my African American ancestors paved for me, I am filled with gratitude. I often wake up with a deep appreciation and admiration for their strength, courage and resilience in the face of immense adversity. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today.
My ancestors also showed an incredible amount of courage in the face of danger. They risked everything—their lives, their families, and their livelihoods—in order to fight for what they believed was right. Their courage was inspiring and has been passed down through generations. We owe them a debt of gratitude for leading the way in the fight against racism and inequality in this country. They had such incredible strength, yet they were treated so unfairly by society. They were enslaved, discriminated against, and denied basic rights that seem obvious now. But despite these immense challenges, they kept pushing forward with courage and faith. They didn’t give up in the face of adversity and refused to accept anything less than equal treatment for all people regardless of race or gender.
I owe an immense debt to my ancestors for paving the way for me. Without their hard work, perseverance, and dedication I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the same rights as everyone else in this country. I’m grateful for those who fought for our freedom even when it seemed like an impossible task – because without them I wouldn’t be here today living a life filled with love and opportunity.
While I am speaking of many of my ancestors who are no longer here with me, I still have many who are living and inspire me every day. My mother, my former teachers Ms. Lannigan and Ms. Spencer, my best friends Nicole and Tracey, my business coach Darnyelle and so many others who give more than what they ever had.
I often take time out of my day to reflect on all that my those who are here and those who are gone have done for me—allowing me to experience freedom like never before imagined; giving me opportunities that were unheard of during their lifetime; showing me how powerful it can be when you stand up against injustice; teaching me how to stay strong even when faced with adversity; reminding me that no matter how difficult things may seem at times, there is always hope; inspiring me to continue fighting until equality is achieved in every corner of this world; and most importantly instilling in me an unshakeable sense of pride in my culture and heritage. For all these things I am forever thankful!