Black History Month Series: Words of Wisdom

Monday, February 23, 2015

Throughout the month, we've heard from Central City Concern's Director of Cultural Equity, Over-Representation Program Case Manager, and Cultural Healing through Recovery Program Manager, all of whom happen to be women. For today's Black History Month series entry, we asked several male African American staff members for words of wisdom and inspiration based on their own journeys. 

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“Be kind and fair to all; you never know what other people are going through.” - Leonard B.

“Because I have witnessed the Watts riots first hand, shoot outs between police and Black Panthers, school riots, gang riots, police harassment, the legal system, and personal setbacks, I have had to readjust my thinking about society and my place in it numerous times. I’ve found that you can continue to grow and make a new place for yourself, and by doing that you can continue to experience achievements and successes. Never give up on yourself. Remember that ‘It ain’t over until it’s over.’” - Kas C.

“A mistake is not an error until you refuse to correct it. And remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words: ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’” - Reginald S.

“Be more kind than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” – Tyrone R.

“Listening is a skill.  I’ve had to learn to listen so I can really hear the needs of others.” - Anthony B.

Every day is a great day. There is no such thing as a bad day. There may be days where things may not go your way, but all in all, it’s still a great day. And this quote from Michael Jordan has been inspirational to me: ‘I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it. I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it's an illusion to me.’” – Fletcher N.