Black History Month profile: Bridgett Marshall

Name: Bridgett Marshall

Occupation: Victoria College Academic Foundations chair/assistant English professor

City of residence: Victoria

Why are you proud to be black?

"It's a rich culture and heritage, and I'm proud of it. It's very unique. Our background here is very unique. It wasn't the land of opportunity historically for my people; we were brought in chains, and even with that horrible beginning, we've risen."

Why is black history important to you?

"It's not just African-Americans. It's American history, and African-Americans had a rough history in this country. It's important that we don't forget so that we don't go back, and we can see the improvements that are yet to be made."

Who is your role model and why?

"Honestly, my role models, they're my parents. They did everything that they could so we had a better life than they did, more opportunities, and even to this day, I know they're there in a bind. They're always there. Always been supportive."