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Happy Black History Month!

Black History Month holds immense significance as it serves as a dedicated time to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of African Americans to the rich tapestry of global history. It provides a platform to highlight the achievements, struggles, and cultural heritage of Black individuals who have played pivotal roles in shaping various aspects of society. It is an opportunity to amplify voices that have often been marginalized, shedding light on the resilience, creativity, and resilience of the Black community. Beyond acknowledging historical milestones, Black History Month also prompts reflection on the ongoing fight for social justice and equality, inspiring collective efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all. At WeThrive Learning, we are excited to contribute to the efforts of celebrating Black History Month while also highlighting the neurodivergent community. Inasmuch, here are five famous Black figures who also share the struggles and triumphs of having a neurodivergent brain:

Michael Jackson, widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in history, amassed a remarkable list of achievements throughout his career. His airness, as he is often called, won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, earning him NBA Finals MVP honors each time. Jordan's scoring is legendary, with ten scoring titles and five league MVP awards, showcasing his dominance as a figure in the world of basketball. Amidst all these achievements, Michael Jordan lives every day with ADHD, and is a proponent of leaning into the strengths that his ADHD allows him. He is often quoted as saying that his atypical thinking led to much of his success and drive. 

Armani Williams has achieved notable success as a NASCAR driver, making history as the first openly autistic and African American driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. His perseverance and skill on the track have not only broken barriers but also served as an inspiration, highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion within the motorsports community.

Octavia Spencer has enjoyed tremendous success in her acting career, earning widespread acclaim for her exceptional performances. Her breakthrough role in "The Help" garnered her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, establishing her as a prominent figure in the film industry. Beyond this achievement, Spencer has continued to excel with numerous accolades, showcasing her versatility and talent in a variety of roles across film and television. Octavia has openly discussed her struggles with dyslexia but has been equally as vocal about the success that adapting and overcoming dyslexia has given her. In a recent interview, she stated: “It doesn’t matter your situation in life; your path is what you choose it to be.”

Kelly Rowland has achieved remarkable success in the music industry, rising to fame as a member of the iconic girl group Destiny's Child alongside Beyoncé and Michelle Williams. Her solo career has been equally impressive, with hits like "Dilemma" and "Motivation" showcasing her vocal prowess and musical versatility. Beyond music, Rowland has ventured into acting and television, solidifying her status as a multifaceted and influential entertainment figure. Among her achievements, Kelly has stated that her life has been touched by her diagnosis of OCD, which has forced her to navigate her career differently, but she has done it all with grace and success nonetheless. 

Simone Biles, the phenomenal American gymnast and multiple Olympic gold medalist, has been open about her journey with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Despite facing the challenges associated with ADHD, Biles has not only overcome them but has excelled in her sport, showcasing unparalleled skill, precision, and determination. Her resilience and success on the world stage serve as an inspiration, breaking stereotypes and fostering awareness about neurodiversity in the realm of elite athletics. Biles' candid acknowledgment of her ADHD contributes to a broader conversation about mental health, reinforcing the idea that individuals with diverse cognitive experiences can achieve greatness with the right support and determination.

As you can see, each of the people listed above have not only made strides for the Black community, but the neurodivergent community as well. We are honored to be in such great company of bringing awareness to the reality that is life with a neurodivergent need. Though it is different, it is not less than! If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with all that a neurodivergent need can bring, give us a call today or visit our website to see how we can help! You never know when you’ll be on the next list of amazing achievements like these above!


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