Black History Month is a time to pay tribute to leaders and role models in the Black community who have motivated and inspired many throughout history.
We asked faculty, staff and students at Fox Valley Technical College to share their favorite quotes from Black leaders and explain why their words are so important to them.
Favorite quote from Economics Instructor Rick Reid:
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Here's what Rick has to say about the meaning behind this quote:
A few years after Dr. King gave a speech with this phrase, I went to a new middle school that was more integrated than our grade schools. I remember my 7th grade teacher lashed out at a Black classmate for an innocent question, calling her an ignoramus. When my classmate asked what that meant, the teacher snapped at her to go look it up.
I remember how shocked I was and how sad the girl looked. My parents and I discussed it that night and I remember them being upset. I think my mom called the school the next day. That experience gave me a new understanding of Dr. King's dream.