Editor’s note: This is re-printed with permission from Eclipse Senior Living. 

As part of their Black History Month celebrations, Eclipse Senior Living, a national manager of independent, assisted living and memory care communities across the U.S., recently asked some of their associates how they honor these legacies, according to their website, eclipseseniorliving.com. 

Felicia Dixon, a former Halifax County resident, and a clinical ops specialist with Eclipse Senior Living, was one of the associates asked. 

She said, “Black history is the celebration of accomplishments of our ancestors of the past, entrepreneurs of the present, and inventors of the future. Celebration of black history also illustrates the determination of a people that refused to give up or give in to the status quo.

“The thought of giving up was never an option because securing a better future for their families meant so much more. 

“Through many African American inventions, the lives of all people have been influenced and improved in so many ways. In celebrating black history, I remember my dad telling us stories about his childhood. 

“The stories were full of love, struggles and sacrifices made by his parents to ensure they had what they needed. His stories empowered me with determination to never give up on my goals. 

“With faith in God and hard work, all things are possible. Our world is in desperate need of healing and social justice. We must continue to trust in God knowing he can do anything but fail. Romans 12; 16 reads live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but willing to associate with people of all position. Do not be conceited. We must learn to love one another daily as God loves us ‘unconditionally.’”