Black History Month Heroes
Annually in February, we pause to recognize Black History Month. While it’s impossible to recognize the many great achievements consolidated in one month, we looked to our associates for inspiration asking ‘who are the Black heroes you honor this month?
“’Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells’ taught me resiliency amidst unspeakable odds, how to use my voice and position to affect change, faith over fear, work-life balance, how my origin does not determine my outcome, the importance of education, and to never allow anyone to place me in a box due to my race and/or gender.”—Michelle, Senior Specialist, Meeting and Travel
“Prince Hall was an abolitionist and leader in the free Black community in Boston. He was a spiritual teacher, master craftsman, Revolutionary War veteran, and a legal scholar. He founded Prince Hall Freemasonry in 1784; one of the world's oldest and largest secular fraternal organizations. During his life, he lobbied for education rights for African American children and spoke out against slavery and the denial of Black rights.”—Antheus, Senior Specialist, Supplier Quality Management
“Henrietta Lacks became a game changer for all of mankind. Her HeLa cells has contributed to the advancement of the effects of zero gravity in outer space, development of the polio vaccine, and the extensive studies of leukemia, the AIDS virus, and cancer globally.”—Kyani, Manager, Materials Management
“Marshall Walter ‘Major’ Taylor inspires me to be confident in my efforts, be modest in my success and always share the benefit of my experience with others.”—Dennis, Senior Manager, Customer Management
“Shirley Anita Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In the 1972 United States presidential election, she became the first African-American candidate for a major party's nomination for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.”—Cat, Specialist, Program Management
“Dr. Patricia Bath discovered and invented a new device and technique for cataract surgery known as laserphaco. It is because of her contribution to society that my elders have renewed sight despite family medical history.”—Danielle, Territory Manager
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