As an African American I have always studied my history. I have studied the oppression of blacks all the way to excitement of the days where African Americans have surpassed all odds. There is no way to describe the emotion of being an African American and existing in today's society. When you look at people such as Dr. Martin L. King, Thurgood Marshall III, Malcom X, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks they have gave so many blacks hope. When you look at today's African Americans and what we have accomplished it is become of the persistence of many leaders that led is to equality and freedom. It almost seems unreal that African Americans were shipped from Africa and forced into slavery. Barely 160 years ago, that I would have been regarded as nothing more than property and referred to as a "nigger" brings chills to my body. I am forever grateful and never will forget what so many have done for me. I know because of them I have gotten the chance to see legacies of President Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Oprah, Tyler Perry, Beyonce, Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, and so many more that have done the impossible.