John Mercer Langston

Langston is best known for all of his “firsts” as an African American man in America. So often we either forget who was behind the greatness we see, or we think that because someone was already the first, we can’t strive to be the next. I did not know Langston, but I would like to think he never thought in terms of “I am going to be the first black man to…” I like to think he just thought about being his best and from that was able to do so many things we can now remember and honor him for.