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Via: Black Voices

Black History Month is a significant time in American history, for black people have forced America to grow and rise countless times to a higher and more moral self.

If you take a serious look at those who are the backbones of the history we celebrate — Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. Dubois, Rosa Parks, Martin L. King Jr., and Mary McCleod Bethune — these were black people who refused to be victims. They had it hard, and they knew what their supposed place in society was, but they redefined themselves, struggled and pushed until they prevailed. These forebears were victors; they saw something, knew something was better and could not be contained. You may wonder what this history has to do with today.

Everything.

I sponsored four Springfield, Mass., teens to go to Hampton University in 2005. These students came from challenging backgrounds, but here was a free education that they could take advantage of, if they were willing. One student, Jimmy L. Hester, graduated, while another student, Loren Wilder (pictured above, left), is also set to graduate with his B.S. in sports management this May.

I bring Loren’s story to the forefront, because this 24-year-old youth personifies what has made us a continually great people. And don’t be fooled, Loren’s had his troubles: He saw his mother incarcerated as a youth, the man he called his “father” was addicted to drugs and he was homeless as a teen.

Yet, Loren will be the first college graduate of his entire family.

Read more at:

http://blogs.blackvoices.com/2010/02/24/bill-cosby-on-black-history-month/

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