Black History Month Profile: Keith Rucker

Keith Rucker

Name: Keith Rucker

Age: 47

City of Residence: Victoria

Occupation/Job: Lead Case Manager (Gulf Bend) Basic Center Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter

Why are you proud to be black?

"Because of all the great things blacks have done before me. Blacks have done so much to make a difference in the world from civil rights, inventions, space, medicine and so much more. Times have changed. I never ever thought we would have an African-American president. Now all kids of color can dream to one day be president."

Why is it important to recognize black history?

"Black history allows African-Americans a time to share in all of the accomplishments blacks have made in the past and present. I've always reflected back on Dr. Martin Luther King's speech, "I have a Dream." He taught us that change could be accomplished through non-violence.Black history is a time for everyone to come together and embrace the freedoms that we have today."

Who is your role model and why?

My mother, Earnestine Rucker, was my role model and my inspiration growing up in Silver City. She worked a full-time, 50-hour-a-week job while raising four children. She always had time to help the elderly through her volunteering to deliver meals to them several days a week. My mother believed that through God, all things were possible.