Celebrating Black History Month: Five Things we can learn from Black American Leaders

February is Black History Month here in the United States, and as such, we at Kemner Iott Benz would like to take a moment to honor some of our nation’s greatest black leaders. From Fredrick Douglas to Dr. Martin Luther King to Colin Powell, our most treasured black voices have not only inspired us to achieve our own personal best, but they’ve taught us valuable lessons on how to succeed as well. Here are some of the greatest tips on how we can all be our best from honored black American leaders throughout the years.

Dream Big

Dr. Martin Luther King taught us so many incredible things, but above all else he taught us to dream big. He spent his life dreaming big and pushing for big change and told us all that our dreams are bigger than we as individuals are. We dream not just for ourselves, but also for our children and their children and for generations of children not yet born.

Rosa Parks Be Brave

Rosa Parks was not a politician or a minister or a celebrity of any kind when she sat down on that bus seat during the civil rights movement. She was just an ordinary woman who had enough courage to stand up for what she felt was right, even in the face of great adversity. We can all use this lesson in our daily lives whenever we’re faced with a task we’re afraid to do and no matter what we need our bravery for, our courage will help us grow.

Have Integrity

The great George Washington Carver once said-“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” As one of this country’s most successful black scientists, educators, botanists, and inventors, Washington Carver knew how vital personal responsibility and integrity is to succeeding in life. No matter what we do in this life, focusing on taking responsibility for our own errors and always sticking to our word will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals.

Serve Others

Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist and humanitarian who dedicated her life to helping others. She sacrificed daily to ensure that others would have freedom and showed us that serving others, even at the risk of hurting ourselves, benefits everyone around us.

Embrace Adversity

As Frederick Douglas said, there is no progress without struggle. Douglas taught us that to struggle is not only part of being successful; it also helps us achieve our goals. Without adversity, we would not have an opportunity to learn and grow as people. Douglas felt that every challenge that comes our way should be seen as a great teacher, not as a reason to give up.

Whether you’re a stay at home mom or a CEO, these lessons in personal growth and leadership can help you achieve any goal you set your mind to and Kemner Iott Benz is grateful to those brave black American leaders who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place.

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