The contributions of countless people have turned our country, and the world, into a better place.
In February, we dedicate an entire month to those men and women who worked for civil rights and equality.
Those individuals and events continue to inspire us today.
We at Fox 8 News wanted to know what Black History Month means on a personal level.
For the 2014 'Portraits in Black History' series, we talked to celebrities, athletes and entertainers to find out how their lives have been impacted, and what they're doing to continue the legacy.
Hollywood superstar Tyler Perry told us about the importance of reflection.
Watch more in the video above.