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Celebrating Black History | 2018

One of the most important responsibilities as leaders is recognizing when it is appropriate to celebrate our accomplishments in addition to our differences. Now, more than ever, we must embrace the beauty of our diversity and truly appreciate these influential black Americans. We must learn to celebrate the contributions of black people, for a day, for a week, for a month, and for always.

Below are links to learn more about some of the men and women pictured, some of whom have been a part of our history for many years, while others are creating history in the here and now. Enjoy, and may celebration bring you one step closer to your leadership goals, and more power to you.

  1. Robert Abbott

  2. Alvin Ailey

  3. Muhammad Ali

  4. Richard Allen

  5. Maya Angelou

  6. Ella Baker

  7. James Baldwin

  8. Jean-Michel Basquiat

  9. Mary McLeod Bethune

  10. Shirley Chisholm

  11. Benjamin O. Davis Sr.

  12. Frederick Douglass

  13. Dr. Charles Drew

  14. W.E.B. Du Bois

  15. Duke Ellington

  16. Aretha Franklin

  17. Jimi Hendrix

  18. Zora Neale Hurston

  19. Jesse Jackson

  20. Michael Jackson

  21. Jay Z

  22. Katherine Johnson

  23. Quincy Jones

  24. Michael Jordan

  25. Martin Luther King Jr.

  26. Henrietta Lacks

  27. Malcolm X

  28. Thurgood Marshall

  29. Toni Morrison

  30. Barack Obama

  31. Jesse Owens

  32. Gordon Parks

  33. Sidney Poitier

  34. Richard Pryor

  35. Jackie Robinson

  36. Sojourner Truth

  37. Harriet Tubman

  38. Madam C.J. Walker

  39. Booker T. Washington

  40. Ida B. Wells

  41. Serena Williams

  42. August Wilson

  43. Oprah Winfrey

  44. Stevie Wonder

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