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Black History Month 2022: “What Black History Month Means to Me”

Feb 09, 2022

Courtney Fields

Global Sales Director
Corporate Office

Black History Month is a time of rejoicing, celebrating and thanking African-Americans for giving us hope or a life lesson that could be used… Black History isn’t just about all the bad times we’ve been through. It’s about integrity, leadership, and determination. It’s about showing our true character.

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Spoken from a “true” sports enthusiast, for me it is a month to recognize African American female athletes who emerged as trailblazers in their particular sports over the years, from track and field and tennis to figure skating and basketball. The struggles and hard-won glory of pioneers such as Alice Coachman, Althea Gibson, Wilma Rudolph and Lynette Woodard helped pave the way for later generations of sports greats like Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Sheryl Swoopes, Venus and Serena Williams.

Black History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we continue to promote positive examples of historical events, exemplary leaders, and steps towards societal change. This remembrance is not only deeply meaningful to me, it’s imperative for the greater understanding of U.S. and world history.