February is Black History Month. All month long we remember and honor names like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and so on and so forth. And rightly so, these pioneers without a doubt are more than deserving of our respect and honor.
That being said, I would like to take the time to honor those names not mentioned in the history books. The everyday people who faced hatred, and humiliation day after day. The people who were beaten, arrested, spit on, pissed on, cursed at with the most vile words in the human language and killed. The people who are my Parents, Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and Cousins. The people who sacrificed their life everyday and dealt with things I will never have too experience, so I can live the life that I choose to live. The people whos names didn’t make the headlines of the national news...To them I am forever grateful and forever in their debt. They are not forgotten and they will always be remembered. That is why I celebrate Black History Month.