In honor of Black History Month, a group of legends from the Civil Rights Movement, pioneering Democrats, and rising new leaders recently sat down to discuss the important role that African Americans have played in shaping this country.
Professor Julian Bond, a civil rights leader and former Georgia lawmaker, talked about the unique history of African Americans:
All Americans ought to have some consciousness that among us, there’s this population that has had a peculiar history—African Americans. Slavery, subjugation, discrimination, now freedom–now one of us is the President of the United States. That’s great, and we need to celebrate it, but we need to understand how we got here.
Watch these history makers and future leaders, and then take a moment to share the story in African American history that inspires you and the work you do.