African-American Accomplishment

Alex PersonBlack History Month has been celebrated in America since 1926. It is a time to honor those who have gone before us and left their legacy on the pages of history. Unfortunately, many did not receive the recognition for their intellectual ability, inventions and patents. But they persevered through the good and bad times.

This type of attitude is needed in the extraordinary times in which we live today. Success seems to have spoiled us when it comes to inventions and creativity. We rely solely on others to provide inspiration to make something new and exciting. I am convinced God has given each one at least a talent and the genius to develop something unique which benefit humanity. Too often, all we hear about are negative and shocking stories which dull the senses of a civil society.

Our forefathers never gave in to the status quo that we were worthless and had very little value. They simply relied upon the wisdom and the direction of the Almighty to compensate for any area of inadequacies. They survived because God was the center of their lives. And were blessed because they walked with Him in their faith, commitment and struggles.

It is my sincere prayer that, as we celebrate this historic month called Black History, we will reflect upon those who gave of themselves to better the lives of others. Today we honor them for staying the course with resolve. May we celebrate with pride knowing our ancestors with little education and social position were able to accomplish so much.

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Rev. Alex Person managed the African-American pastoral outreach at Focus on the Family at the time this article was written. He previously served as an Air Force chaplain for 17 years, as well as a pastor. He and his wife, Tommie, live in Colorado Springs. They are the proud parents of two adult children and the grandparents of two young grandchildren.