In honor of Black History Month, here are a few interesting facts that many people may not know.

Both Betty Boop and the Lone Ranger were inspired by African-Americans. The real Betty Boop was inspired by jazz singer Esther Jones. The Lone Ranger is believed to be based on Bass Reeves. Reeves was born a slave, but escaped during the Civil War and eventually because a U.S. Marshal.

How do we change the world?
One random act of kindness
at a time.
– Morgan Freeman

Never be limited by other
people’s limited imaginations.
– Dr. Mae Jemison,
first African-American female astronaut

Diversity is not about how we
differ. Diversity is about embracing
one another’s uniqueness.
– Ola Joseph

My humanity is bound
up in yours, for we can
only be human together.
– Desmond Tutu

Living in the moment means
letting go of the past and
not waiting for the future.

– Oprah Winfrey

I  have decided to stick
with love. Hate is too
great a burden to bear.

– Martin Luther King Jr