Black History Month Profile: Roddy M. Wilson
Feb. 10, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Updated Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:10 p.m.
Name: Roddy M. Wilson
City of Residence: Victoria
Occupation/Job: Commercial door tech/artist
Why are you proud to be black?
I'm proud because as a black man that grew up in the 60s and 70s, I've seen the change, the acceptance, the respect, the growth. And I give thanks to the Lord, first and foremost, and to all black men and women that have gone through the struggle to see the promise land of equality.
Why is it important to recognize black history?
Any people that have been in bondage, either physically or mentally, and achieved freedom and equality should be recognized and studied. If we are not reminded of the past, we cannot relish in the present of our achievement in humanity.
Who is your role model and why?
Sidney Poitier and Sammy Davis Jr. Both men achieved milestones for the era in which they were brought up. In a time of racism, they were a beacon for young, black men. I, myself, always thought of them as men, not black men. They let their talents lead the way, not prejudice. To be seen as equal was our main goal and they both achieved that.