Black History Month is usually reserved for a few historical figures. During this time, we reflect as a nation on the accomplishments of African Americans. From the injustices of slavery to the innovators of our time, we remember those who are strong and courageous, and those who made a difference despite any obstacle. While reflecting on the past is necessary, this month we should encourage ourselves to realize the history that is happening right now among us, setting the path towards an amazing future! Let's make sure our talented Black men and especially women know that we’re rooting for them.
Here are a few highlights of the Black History making moments happening now!
Tiera Guinn is a Rocket & Structural Design and Analysis Engineer working on the space launch system that Boeing is constructing for NASA. Guinn, who will graduate from MIT with a 5.0 GPA, is designing the “largest and most powerful” rocket in history!
In early 2017, residents of Framingham, Massachusetts voted to transition from a town to a city. Yvonne Spicer, a Museum of Science education executive and former teacher, was elected as the city’s mayor. The First Mayor of Framingham, Massachusetts is a Black woman!
On Feb. 12, 2009, the First African-American, all-female flight crew Captain Rachelle Jones Kerr, First Officer Stephanie Grant, and flight attendants Robin Rogers and Diana Galloway flew and attended Atlantic Southeast Airlines’ Flight 5202 from Atlanta to Nashville and returned to Atlanta on Flight 5106!
As people of color, Black History Month is everyday of our lives. The search for history is a never-ending journey. I’ll end with this statement I love from Black Lives Matter activist and current mayoral candidate for the city of Baltimore, DeRay Mckesson:
“Black History Month to me is a time when we are intentional about having a national conversation about the critical role that black people have played in the making of America. It's when we celebrate black culture.... I think now there is a focus on highlighting the everyday heroes of this work. When I think about social media, I try to use it as a platform to amplify the work of other people too.”
Until next time!
Stay Black. Stay Beautiful.