Throughout the ages, those who were oppressed, tortured, enslaved, and discriminated against found a way to overcome by solving problems. The stories of Harriett Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Oprah Winfrey are well known. But here are a few heroes whose stories you may not have heard.
Cathy Hughes was an employee at a small AM radio station in Washington, D.C. She was a high school dropout, and a single mother who had a child at age seventeen. Because she was so poor, she was evicted from her apartment and had to sleep in the radio station. Most people would have given up, gotten on welfare and said, “That’s it! I quit! I have no opportunity in this country. Too many rich white people. I have no education. I’m oppressed. I’m a single mom.” The list of excuses could have gone on and on, including “The government owes me this.”
But when the station was on the brink of going under, she offered to buy it with the little bit of money she had saved as a down payment. But when she tried to get a loan, she was turned down by 32 separate banks.