TPCA Honors Black History Month

February 1 – 29, 2024

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their role in U.S. history. It was officially recognized at the federal level in 1976, when President Gerald Ford called on the American public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every American President has designated February as Black History Month.

TPCA is taking part in this year’s celebration by spotlighting members of our staff whose exemplary work furthers the mission of our organization every day. Stay tuned and join the conversation as we spotlight the talented and diverse staff at TPCA!

I was born during the Civil Rights Movement. Color barriers were being lifted, and many ‘firsts’ were happening for black people in all aspects of life.

Doors were being opened for “colored” (actually listed on my birth certificate) people.

From segregation to our first black president, I’ve been privy to it all. I am BLACK HISTORY.

Black history month is a time for me to honor trailblazers in the field of medicine.

This celebration allows me to reflect upon sacrifices made for me to be in this space. I recognize that I am able to do what I do because of the contributions made to medicine before my time.

I take pride in serving ALL the citizens of our communities!

Black history has profoundly shaped my life as a black woman who earned her bachelor’s degree and is pursuing a master’s degree at an HBCU. This institution has provided me with academic excellence and fostered a sense of community, resilience, and empowerment.

Being part of this legacy has instilled in me a deep appreciation for the achievements and struggles of those who paved the way and has fueled my determination to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing narrative of Black Excellence.

Black history means power, perseverance, and respect.

Black history has shaped my life by giving me the opportunity  to strive for greatness, never give up, and respect myself and always stand up for what’s right.

Black history is and always will be embraced by me. 

History is the study of past events, and we utilize history as a lesson to make a better present and tomorrow. To me, Black history is the recognition and praise of black resilience and success that created the path of a better present and tomorrow. Without black history, I wouldn’t be a third-generation officer in the United States Army and soon to be a two-time graduate of my illustrious Historical Black College and University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

Black history is the pride in the skin I am, no matter the troubles it brings. Black history is a lot of things, but above all, I am proud to say I am a product of and continuance of Black History.

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