Black History Month is a time to reflect, highlight, and honor those who have paved the way for mankind throughout the world. Whether it has been those like Ida B. Wells who showed valor to their commitment to human and civil rights; or Garrett Morgan who have shown through their ingenuity for making inventions that have made life safer; or those like Charles Drew for saving lives worldwide with the knowledge of science and technology. Other achievers like Mary McLeod Bethune who have taught us the importance of educational, political, and economical awareness and Maya Angelou who have shown us how to embrace and celebrate blackness with unapologetic pride, the list of notable black leaders who have made a profound impact contributing to where we as a world stand today, is a proud history.
Driven with great strength and courage, these notables were able to push through to achieve, even enduring in some of the most difficult circumstances and times in this country. These black history makers were determined and committed in their pursuit of achievement and getting the job done. I applaud them and their accomplishments. Work remains to be done. They have set a high standard that reminds me, it is through dedication to hard work and in the best interest of the people, we can leave an enduring and impactful history.
Those black history makers who came before me have handed off the baton. I gladly take the baton into my hand to run, fighting as an advocate for the residents of the 20th Ward; Achieving and getting things done. I continue in this race making contributions to improving the quality of life in education, economic development, health and safety in our communities.