In celebration of Black History Month, I would like to take this opportunity to honor our African-Americans who have set precedence for dignity, respect and honor to overcome slavery, against all odds for humanity, and freedom, that we were created equal in this world as well as in the United States, in the eyes of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are citizens of this country beyond all expectations as human beings.


As an African-American of this country, I have been blessed by the courage and convictions of these great African-Americans.


It is with great respect and dedication that I honor them:


* Brittany A. Coppock — my daughter, a graduate of the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Salisbury State University and UMUC with a master’s in Sociology, Social Science, and who is now a partner with a Behavioral Science Practice in Maryland, focusing on adults with special needs.


* Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929-April 4, 1968) — Demand for humanity and equality.


* Former Chief Judge Robert M. Bell — of Annapolis, Md., from Rocky Mountain, N.C. Now retired, Bell was a Morgan State alumni. He participated in a sit-in of a restaurant in Baltimore, Md., in 1964, where he was arrested and represented by Thurgood Marshall, Esq. After Marshall won his case, Bell went to Harvard School of Law and pursued his law degree, becoming the first African-American to hold the seat as the Chief Judge of the State of Maryland, Court of Appeals, the highest court in Maryland. I had the opportunity to work with this amazing man.


* Charlene Drew Jarvis (born July 31, 1941, in Washington, D.C., as Charlene Rosella Drew) — an American educator and former scientific researcher and politician who served as the president of Southeastern University until March 31, 2009. Jarvis is the daughter of the blood plasma and blood transfusion pioneer Charles Drew.


* James (Pops) Robinson — a loving father, family man, veteran of World War II in the Battle of the Bulge, boxer and tennis icon. Meeting Mr. Robinson was the beginning of my 30-year tennis career entering amateur tennis tournaments, becoming a member of the U.S. Tennis Association and captaining five tennis teams.


* Rosa Louise McCauley Parks — an activist in the Civil Rights Movement, whom the U.S. Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”


* Frederick K.C. Price — the founder and presiding prelate of Crenshaw Christian Center, located in California. He is known for his Ever Increasing Faith ministries broadcast, which is aired weekly on both television and radio.


I also want to pay tribute to famous African-Americans of Asheboro:


* Katie Snuggs — sworn in for the Asheboro City Council on May 2, 2017. She is the first African-American female on the council — and just the second person of color ever to serve. The late Leo Luther was on the council from 1988-1997. She participated in the Hops Bar-B-Q: Sit-Ins on Jan. 27, 1964; 60 African-Americans were arrested in these sit-ins, which were part of the national drive for Integration and Civil Rights.


* Mr. and Mrs. Don Simmons, owner of Magnolia 23 Restaurant.


* Clyde L. Foust, owner of Foust Corporation Photography, Our Future Visionary.


* Leslie Greene, owner of UFAC Auto Superstore.


* Grayland Patterson, owner/stylist of Beauty of Hair On Sunset.


February is too short a month to honor such greatness and we should consider changing this time frame to the month of March. As African-Americans, we have so much to thank God for, the Lord bringing these wonderful people into our world for this purpose. There are so many of them that I did not get a chance to hold/present in my Brush Inserts of this most highly regarded time of the year for me and my daughter.


In remembrance of our history!


Thank you, God, for the major icons in our lives and country!


* Kimberly J. Morgan, an Oakland, Calif., native, now calls Asheboro home. Her career path has included transcribing medical reports for radiologists and working as a paralegal. She had the pleasure of working with Chief Judge Robert M. Bell in Annapolis, Md., for the Court of Appeals. Contact: kjmorgan49@gmail.com.