BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Wendy Stebbins
Posted February 23, 2018 from United States
WE ARE ALL SPECIAL. Use It Well.
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It is BLACK HISTORY MONTH in America.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE BLACK HERO and WHY?

Wow! This is tough for me. There are soooo many greats, famous and not.

Like Rosa Parks who REFUSED to sit in the back of the bus during the Civil Rights Movement and was jailed. Wow, I thought, if she can stand up for what's right so MUST I.

Or Harriot Tubman, who started the Underground Railway and saved thousands upon thousands of black slaves. She made me think I OWE BIG TIME to something for someone always, just because I am on this planet.

Or would it be the hundreds of thousands of unsung heroes who will never be known but who put one foot in front of the other and kept going under the worst imaginable time in history next to the Holocaust or today in Syria.

I guess if someone put a gun to my head and threatened to pull the trigger if I did not pick one person, without pause, I would select NELSON MANDELA . . . Madeba! For too many reasons to list here. But here is one, no one knows about.

The pictures I have on this article are of a lady named Grace who works for South African Airways. Her work is possible SOLELY because of Madeba. When Mandela got out of prison and was walking, he spotted her, walked over to her and said "You will never serve tea again." He educated her. HE MADE HER MIRACLE. And that is just one thing he did in a simple minute of walking to freedom that day.

How did I meet her? In Johannesburg, South Africa my luggage was lost. I went to South African Airways office to report it. She spotted me and said there was something about me that she knew I was somebody special. The next day one of my meetings at the attached hotel was canceled. So, I was in the lobby reading the paper with nothing to do. Suddenly she showed up. We went to a private room and had a long meeting. If my other meeting had not been canceled this would not have happened. I hope this will make you realize to pay attention to the miracles coming at you.

Mandela often said "The struggle IS my life". So, as we trudge ahead, one step at a time, sometimes discouraged, let us all remember this and other great people who have shown us by their attitude that we don't have to become somebody special. We already are. Use it well.

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shanna
Feb 23
Feb 23

Words of wisdom to live by, thank you for this!

Wendy Stebbins
Feb 23
Feb 23

Your welcome, Shanna.

Ubuntu

Wendy

Olutosin
Feb 23
Feb 23

This is beautiful. Thanks so much for pointing this out again. There are so many popular heroes but there also so many people who are hero but not known to the work.

May this beautiful world be filled with heroes, both well known and unsong heroes.

Wendy Stebbins
Feb 23
Feb 23

Thanks, Olutosin. OMG! Speaking of miracles. I read what Colleen did for you and what you have done. OMG. This is pre-destined for sure. Two GREAT ladies coming together at the right time to create magic. A miracle for sure that you sooo deserve.  You can't plan happenings like that. Definitely a God gift.

Hi Wendy. Thanks for sharing your story. I wish there were more well known black heroes, female and male, but we'll get there....

Chisanga Simwenwa
Feb 24
Feb 24

I love to answer the question, but talking about favorite?

"Wow it's tough for me"

Amongst many heroes, let me point out Oprah Winfrey. Oprah keeps my energy and motivation elevated. How her pathetic background did not determine what person she would be. A People who are not shaken by the situation at hand.

I salute people like Rosa Parks who fault for justice. I find it so profound to understand that I am the first step to the change I want to see.

Madeba, Martin Luther, Malcolm X and the list is endless.

Wendy Stebbins
Feb 24
Feb 24

This is amazing to me, to hear from a university student in Zambia, Africa and to hear who has reached your heart and inspiration. Thank you so much. With role models like these, you HAVE to do well. Thank you for taking the time to comment.