I created this presentation for my church's annual Black History Month program. It's been my contribution for the past six years.
I'm always surprised by the people that passed that I didn't hear about, as well as the ones I did hear about and forgot. I usually attribute one word to each person – “actor,” “singer,” “activist,” “musician,” which is weird for me every year. Their lives encompassed so much more than their professions.
The song by Teddy Pendergrass that's playing underneath, “You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration,” describes how every girl wants her man to feel about her.
There are people included that are not famous, but who used their gifts to bless society--Denise Jefferson of the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, Dr. William Foster of FAMU, and Margaret Taylor-Burroughs of Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History.