Celebrating Black History Month
Message from CCA President and CEO Damon Hininger
Published on February 25, 2013
Dear CCA Team,
History holds lessons we all can learn from, and as we celebrate Black History Month in February, I'd like to share with you a few historical milestones that are especially inspiring to me.
I'm reminded of a movie I saw recently – "Lincoln". It's based on the book Team of Rivals. If you haven't seen the movie, it focuses on the timeframe from Abraham Lincoln's re-election as president until his assassination. It also focuses on the repeal of slavery and how Lincoln was personally involved with Congressional leaders in taking the extraordinary steps toward signing the Emancipation Proclamation.
What strikes me about the movie is that it shouldn't have been so hard to abolish slavery, but it was really difficult because many folks in our country stood on the opposite end of what was ultimately the right thing to do. Seeing the movie makes me thankful for former President Lincoln and his courage to take a necessary stand.
I realize that we still have some very significant issues facing our country, and those issues will require thoughtful discussion and compromise from all political persuasions. In spite of the challenges we face, I'm encouraged by the strides our nation has made. I'd like to take this time to recognize a significant event in U.S. history that demonstrates those strides: the re-election of President Barack Obama.
What a great reminder of how far we've come as a society and as a country. And how symbolic that the president's second inauguration marked 150 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. It's just as symbolic that the inauguration occurred on MLK Day, which I'd like to take a moment to recognize.
We can honor Dr. King's legacy by embracing his dream of equality for all people – regardless of race, creed or color. We can also make a decision to be of service – to take actions that improve our communities and, ultimately, our society. The CCA Family is so diverse. Each of us possesses a unique heritage that deserves to be recognized and celebrated. Our individual stories make up the narrative of American history.
As always, I'd love to hear from you; I invite you to post a comment here.
February 4, 2013