As I reflect on the importance of Black History month, the words from Maya Angelou's poem, 'Still I Rise,' come to mind
'Bringing the gifts my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.' Yesterday, my friends and colleagues proudly stood on the floor of the world's largest stock exchange and rang the market's closing bell, signaling an end to the day's trading and serving as our kickoff for Black History Month festivities at Microsoft.
There's so much to celebrate during Black History Month, as it's an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the incredible contributions that our community has made to the very fabric of this country. While there's plenty to celebrate, we must recognize that this is only possible because of the hard work and sacrifices made by our ancestors. Like many of us, I am a product of American history - a great-great granddaughter of slaves. Our ancestor's struggles, triumphs, joys, perseverance and sacrifices have paved the way for our generation, and future generations yet to be born.
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