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 student Samantha Hill:
"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations... If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won't exist because you'll have already shut it out... You can hear other people's wisdom but you've got to re-evaluate the world for yourself."
— Dr. Mae C. Jemison (first African American woman astronaut)
Here's what Samantha has to say about the meaning behind this quote:
I tend to go to many people that I know and love for advice on how to become a nurse and maintain my career while also achieving all of my other goals in life. The advice I usually get (while not ill-intended) goes along the lines of, “that’s impossible,” or, “there is no way you can do all of that. You should just focus on one thing.”
Hearing input like this often makes me second guess whether or not I have too many goals. Dr. Mae C. Jemison’s quote reminds me to change my thinking. Instead of second guessing my goals based off of what others say, I can look out into the world to search for alternative routes to achieve my dreams.