Black History Month
CELEBRATING INSPIRATIONAL OLDER BLACK AMERICANS
Every February, we celebrate the contributions of African Americans who have helped to shape history. Many of us have been inspired by the work of great Americans like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. But there are so many Black Americans who have changed the world through their passion, courage, and groundbreaking accomplishments – in their elder years. Carrie Meek, the first African American woman to be elected to Congress – did so when she was 66 years of age. 74 year old Vivian Stancil, pictured, lost her vision at 19, but went on to become the first blind teacher in Long Beach, California. She now runs a foundation to help seniors participate in sports and fitness. And then there is Mélisande Short-Colomb, who at 63 enrolled as a freshman at Georgetown University – an institution she learned had enslaved and sold her ancestors in the 1800s. Short-Columb has recently told her story in a play, entitled “Here I Am,” which addresses this little known history. Read more about senior Black leaders in US history here.