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Black History Month: Moss Hyles Kendrix

Growing up my grandmother would tell me, “An eagle can soar high, but it has it to come down for water eventually.” Meaning, no matter where life takes you and what you accomplish, never forget where you come from. Throughout his career, Moss Hyles Kendrix never forgot his roots and fought to uplift the Black community.

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Black History Month: The Legacy of Maggie Walker

Richmond, Virginia, my hometown, has a complicated history. As a Richmond resident, or if you’ve turned on the news within the last five years, you’d know it’s home to a few grandiose reminders of our continued struggle with racial equality. And while these unpleasant reminders may fade into the monotony of our day-to-day lives, their presence still lingers in the back of our minds. However, Richmond’s newest statue is of a black woman whose expert public relations skills gave rise to the oldest black owned bank in Richmond. Her influence and ideals are still a guiding light in the community today.

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Black History Month: Zora Neale Hurston & the Harlem Renaissance

When I was a little girl learning about the Black excellence of our past, I was amazed by their talent, intellect and resilience. Many were trailblazers with no footsteps to guide them – they created the paths that we walk today. With that in mind, I’m humbled to share my thoughts on a prominent African American leader who inspires me.

Meet Zora Neale Hurston: A name you don’t always hear when you talk about legendary authors from the early 20th century. She was a novelist, an anthropologist, a folklorist, and a leader among the Harlem Renaissance—a cultural, social and artistic migration in the 1920s and 1930s to Harlem, New York; it’s also known as the “rebirth of African American arts.” Zora was known for being humorous, having an infectious personality and being extremely intelligent.

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