Another Black History Month is upon us, and I wanted to take the time to acknowledge some of the Black women who give me inspiration and where I get motivation from. Take the time this month to thank the powerful Black women in your life. They really are warriors!
- Serena Williams
I have been watching her and her sister play tennis since they were teenagers with braids and beads. If anything, a lesson to be learned from Serena is perseverance. She has been through so much in her life and has still come out and performed well and is one of the most accomplished athletes of all time. What she has accomplished may never be done again, and she reminds us to be timeless and stand out.
- Michelle Obama
Our first African-American First Lady really inspires me because she carried her role with an immense amount of style and grace. She represents realness and class. She shows us that it is good for women to have their own identity and career and ambitions.
- Katherine Johnson
I remember doing a report about Katherine Johnson in elementary school for Black History Month, but did not really understand the impact of what she had accomplished as a scientist until later in life. I appreciate her tenacity and her lack of fear.
- Simone Biles
She is one of the hardest working people I know. She has shown us that you should make your own rules and not be afraid to be different. She has also shown me that with much ability comes much responsibility, and that you never know who is watching you and how you inspire them.
- Ava DuVernay
She is the epitome of grace and leadership. What I have learned from her is that your own success means nothing if those around you are not also winning. She has always championed women directors and producers, giving them opportunities to work with her, and she tells the stories that no one wants to hear. She is not afraid of what other people think about her and she represents the struggles that Black people face on a daily basis. She shows us how important it is to be authentic.
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