My fondest memory of Black History Month was becoming a finalist in the 2001"Champion of Courage" essay competition in 10th grade. I entered the competition because I needed extra credit for English class. Prior to my writing the essay, then Baltimore Polytechnic Institute assistant principal Sam Brown talked to my English class about being arrested during his college years because he was a part of a peaceful civil rights protest. I felt honored in that moment because it was the first time that I actually met someone who was a part of the Civil Rights Movement. I mean, you hear stories and you read stories and everyone knows about Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. But in that moment, I could say 'Hey, I actually know a man that fought for my right to be equal. He's my principal!' So, I wrote the essay about Mr. Brown, and it ended up airing on Fox 45 and what was then the WB Network.