Black History Month 2022: Willie Ratchford
Ken Brown
Ken.Brown@charlottenc.gov
2/25/2022
Willie Ratchford

As an African American, Black History Month for me, means that I get a chance to know who I am. It means that my children get an opportunity to know who they are. And to know that they too have history in this country. This country has not been kind in terms of providing the story of people of color of women and other groups. And so Black History Month gives us an opportunity to begin to know that story. In the work that we do around race relations, we have a saying that goes, you do not fear someone whose story that you know, as groups who have been marginalized, who have been left out get an opportunity to show that this country is in their DNA and they are in the country's DNA, then that benefits all of us and I'm glad for it.