PRESIDENT MESSAGE

“The Perspective” Black History Remembered

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”*
Audre Lorde
American Poet and Essayist

Welcome! I would like to share the extraordinary history of Black Americans.  We must first recognized that although we refer to it as Black History, it is in effect recognizing History and all facets, people, places, ideas, struggles, accomplishments, culture and more.  Many have contributed in the advancement of inspiring African Americans to excel.  There has been an array of first in which it can be stated success has been achieved.  The first African American President, Barack Obama, first African American Vice President and female, Kamala Harris, first African American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, first African Americans in the field of arts with Hattie McDaniel and Sidney Poitier to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress 1939 and Best Actor 1963 respectively, to the first African American (Black) college or higher education institution, The Institute for Colored Youth, in Cheyney, Pennsylvania in 1837, first African American selected in the Astronaut Program, Captain Edward J. Dwight, Jr., first in medicine, Vivien Thomas, Cardiovascular Surgeon, first African American woman Biochemist, Marie M. Daly.  As we acknowledge the greatness of these accomplishments, there are many that go unnoticed every day in our society.  In some instances they are individuals who like these just want to make a difference in sharing their passions.

Why this is important to MUD’s is quite simple….Black communities thriving within MUD’s. Many now have a predominately African American population in which the Boards may consist of entirely or partially African Americans.  Ideally, it is a good thing to have leaders from ones same culture, though not necessary.  However, in these cases it points to the opportunity for individuals to take responsibility for their communities.  As federal, state, county and city agencies are not always sufficiently able to reach the communities.  At times making a difference starts within the masses.  In addition, in almost every instance others who are non African Americans have contributed to their progress to succeed.  Again, to all of our predecessors who paved the way, thank you.  In the spirit of unity, let’s remember History.

In the next “The Perspective”…… Spring Into It.

*Audre Lorde Quotes and Sayings Page 1, Inspiring Quotes, www.inspiringquotes.us. Accessed February 1, 2022, 1:20 pm CST.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”
Albert Einstein