Black History Reflections
Jackie Robinson is truly one of the most influential African American athletes in history as he successfully challenged and helped end Jim Crow laws. He was one of the first African Americans to publicly represent the black community and did so flawlessly, making it known that black men were just as capable of exuding dignity, leadership, and self discipline. After being signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, he paved the way for African Americans in sports and ultimately integrated baseball. This caused a domino effect leading to the integration of football, basketball, and many other sports. This occurrence even pushed the military to integrate its units. Despite the struggles he faced throughout his journey, Jackie Robinson made a way for himself and truly gave black people a chance in the sports industry and his legacy will forever live on.
- Serena Williams
- Serena Williams
Barack Obama inspired and
touched the hearts of millions, making history as the first African American
President of the United States when he won the election in 2008. Although he
had a small support system when he announced his candidacy as a senator with
just seven years of experience in the Illinois Senate, his campaign slogan,
“Yes We Can” became a huge movement and quickly gained following.
Oprah Winfrey is a
woman of many talents. She is a media mogul, humanitarian, philanthropist,
actress, talk show host, musical and television producer, and ultimately a huge
icon among the African-American community. She has produced six different films
and played Sofia in the famously known screenplay, The Color Purple. She has starred in fifteen movies over the years alongside
being the host of her talk show, The
Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran from 1986 to 2011.