Linda Walubengo, Catholic Charities’ Associate Division Director of Health Support Services, shares her powerful reflection on Black History Month.
“As a first-generation immigrant to the United States of America from Kenya, Black History Month holds so many significant meanings to me. As I celebrate another notable year in this country, I am reminded that this month is a time of reflection, rejoicing, and recommitting to reach the next generation. Every year, I take the time to reflect on what it means to be able to serve those in my community. I give gratitude to the activists and organizers in the past who were involved in the fight for racial equality to make it possible for me to be where I am. I take time to rejoice, celebrate, and thank those in my community who have gone before me for giving me hope. I use this hope to reach and inspire the next generation. Additionally, to me, Black History Month is a time to recommit to making the world a better place through integrity, leadership, and determination as a measure of one’s true character. As an African-American, Kenyan immigrant and a young female leader in the social services industry, this month is a time to acknowledge the adversities that my community endured in the past, be grateful of where we are now, and maintain optimism for what the future holds.”