“We’re a special people, we’re the best and the brightest our ancestors ever produced!”

James Weldon Johnson, Writer

Who are we? We’re African Americans, and we are achievers! We are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, nieces and nephews. We are doctors, lawyers, teachers, writers and entrepreneurs. We’re African Americans, and we are achievers!

We are jet black, blue black, dark brown, brown-skinned, medium brown, yellow, high yellow, light-skinned, fair skinned, light, bright, almost white, redbone, but Afro-American to the bone. We’re Americans, we are achievers!

We have climbed the highest mountains, scaled, the highest heights. We are visionaries, innovators, dreamers, creators, leaders, builders and doers. We’re African Americans, and we are achievers!

We made it past slavery. We’ve been hurried and hassled; discouraged and downtrodden. We’ve provided an unpaid service to this country by serving others first and ourselves last. Yet we are survivors, over comers, those who have endured. Though we’re the last hired and the first fired, we know the meaning of perseverance. We know a setback is a setup for a comeback. We’ve survived the end of the world, and now handle miracles by appointment only. 

On a scale from one to ten, we are one hundred! We’re African Americans, and we are achievers!

I am an African-American Achiever!

Printed with permission of the author, Dr. Dennis Kimbro

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