Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American president in American history.
Oprah Winfrey’s own story is an inspiration because she overcame almost every obstacle that a person might face. She is an icon to people all over the world because of her commitment to help those who have faced similar obstacles. We therefore salute a friend and a role model.
Martin Luther King Jr. has now been dead longer than he lived. But what an extraordinary life it was.
At 33, he was pressing the case of civil rights with President John Kennedy. At 34, he galvanized the nation with his “I Have a Dream” speech. At 35, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 39, he was assassinated, but he left a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today.
Though it is Black History Month, I thought I want to celebrate African-American icons, past and present. This is very personal to me because as an African-American these people have inspired me to become a better person. I thought that others might want to see it and convinced them to celebrate as well. It’s a great time to learn and praise African-Amercians for their contributions.