While I do not only take one month out of the entire year to return to my roots, Black History Month is a time where the African-American community returns to their roots together. As an African-American young woman, I am inspired by the Black men of the past who have led movements and pushed for the rights I have today, but I am empowered by the women who stood beside these men; I am empowered by the women who fought for my rights as a woman of color; and I am empowered by these women to be a leader who will lead others.