February 19, 2021
True Story: Black History Month is About Remembering the Past
Black History Month is a time we set aside to celebrate the stories of Black Americans. We find ways to commemorate the occasion and learn about game-changers in the community. We spoke with one of our team members to find out, “What does Black History Month mean to you?”
Daisy has been with ACE Cash Express for over 12 years! She began her career in New Orleans before being promoted to District Manager in 2012. Today, she works in Nashville as a District Manager and serves as a mentor to a new District Manager. We’re grateful for her dedication and leadership!
A: It’s my culture. It’s really important for me to educate myself and my family members on Black history; it’s where we evolved. It’s our ancestors’ story.
I am huge on Black history and [I want to] educate myself and then pass that on. It is my passion, and it started in junior high for me. You know, we only got one month a year. I wanted to learn about it. I was the book nerd sitting up all night reading and teaching myself, and when we had Black History Month I [was] the one bringing up other things that, you know, that they weren’t teaching us.
A: I won’t call it celebrating because Black culture in history isn’t a celebration for us. It’s more about remembering and [asking ourselves] what can we do to be better to live up to what those that passed on before us went through to get us to where we are today. It’s more about communication, talking about it and making sure our youth understand, you know. It wasn’t a walk in the park to have the rights that other people have.
A: Of course, Harriet Tubman is a true inspiration to me. [But] Dr. King is the one for me. He was an inspiration, he was [around] during my mom’s era, and he went through so much to fight for equal rights for us. His saying, which is dear to my heart, is “As long as the mind is enslaved the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery.”
A: It is. And what that means to me is we all feel it, especially now. [With everything] that has come to the forefront [recently], you find more young people out protesting. All of that, it evolved from Dr. King and what he stood for. That just resonates with me on so many different levels.
Thank you, Daisy, for sharing your story!
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