The Black History Month Parade this past weekend paid homage to Earl Little, its founder, who passed away in November of 2015. Little had a vision to create an event in Atlanta during Black History Month that would celebrate the Black American heritage, culture, and history, as well as inspire people to be proud of who they are. The first parade took place five years ago and the event has since grown to include participants from across the United States and as far away as Africa. This year I noticed an abundance of youth groups showcasing their talents as dancers and musicians and for some this was their first opportunity to partake in such an event. In speaking to some of the group leaders, I learned that several of the performing groups were organized at a grassroots level with the goal of providing young people the opportunity to stay engaged with something they enjoyed.