CBC Members Share Their Black History Inspirations

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  • Rep. Lacy Clay (Missouri)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush
  • Rep. Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)
  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (New Jersey)
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (Georgia)
  • Rep. André Carson (Indiana)
  • Rep. Karen Bass (California)
  • Rep. Steven Horsford (Nevada)
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  • CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (Ohio)
  • Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)
  • Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson

Rep. Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)

Instead of focusing on the pejorative and singular view of us as slaves and captives, my high school Black history teacher, Jake Beason, opened the door to the important contributions Black folks have made to our society. He exposed me to the rich history of Black people from Africa, and he raised my consciousness about African-Americans and the importance of our continuous struggle for recognition in our society. In all, he helped me overcome my shame of being Black and the legacy of slavery, instilling in me strong self-esteem and self-worth. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Gwen Moore)

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