As we begin Black History Month, we are reminded of the legacy of all those mighty warriors of African descent whose lives have had an extraordinary impact on our nation and the world. Those who we celebrate during this month are those who have persevered to excel in the midst of great obstacles and opposition. They have achieved greatness and served valiantly. They have made extraordinary sacrifices in their journey to greatness because greatness does not come without sacrifice.
In this season, we are struck by the stark contrasts that are before us. We see an unprecedented lack of character in those in the highest positions of leadership in our land, while there are giants of service and leadership in our communities who remain unsung. Every day, there are coaches, pastors, teachers, principals and community leaders who make extraordinary sacrifices for the benefit of others and especially for our children.
In this season of celebrating the phenomenal contributions of African Americans, let us not forget the labor and accomplishments of those closest to us. These are those who make our lives better, our future brighter, our resolve stronger and our faith fuller. These are the true heroes and sheroes of Black History Month -- and it is these individuals to whom I want to pay tribute today.
Black history is being made every day. What are you doing to help to improve the quality of life for those who will come after us? How are you striving to be a history maker each day? Let this month be the time when you begin something new that will make a difference in your family, in your church, in your community, or in the world.
With gratitude for their fortitude,
Rev. Paul Hobson Sadler, Sr, Senior Pastor
Mt. Zion Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
10723 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106