Black History Month speaker Summer Owens
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This Black History Month, Make Your Own Mark

Imagine the impact on the world if more people worked to leave a legacy.
When I started my career and became the first marketing manager for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, I had no idea I was making history. However, when I initiated the effort that resulted in creaing a $110,000 endowed scholarship at my alma mater, I knew it had never been done by another sorority or fraternity on that campus. In so many areas of my life, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to intentionally and unintentionally make a mark on history.

As we approach Black History Month, we honor history-makers like Rosa Parks and Frederick Douglas as well as modern-day history-makers like Kamala Harris and Barack Obama. Each of these leaders overcame tremendous obstacles and made history by making a difference.

It’s important for all of us to understand the effort and sacrifices and honor those who came before us. It’s also important for us to see how we too can and should become history-makers by making a difference.

With all the negativity we experience and cause, let’s be empowered and especially empower our youth to honor the figures of history by making our own mark on history. 

In my program, Black History Month or Women’s History Month program, Make Your Mark and Leave Your Legacy,  I share stories of how I intentionally and unintentionally (and more easily than most might think) made history. And how you, youth, and anyone can too.

What are some ways that you can make your make on history too?


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