Plus, a 100-year-old reflects on an extraordinary mission.
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February is African American History Month, with people and organizations across the United States paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who broke barriers and prevailed over prejudice. Growing Bolder is proud to shine the spotlight on those who lead with hope, inspiration and possibility.

Each one of artist Carole Lyles Shaw’s quilts tells a story. The quilts also pay tribute to the quiet heroism and patriotism of African Americans, including nurses who bravely served in the field to care for wounded soldiers.

At a recent exhibition of her work and that of dozens of other quilters, Carole talked to Growing Bolder about these largely unknown heroes who risked their lives to care for others. She also celebrates the other story quilts that are a part of the traveling exhibit called And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations and explains why she sees art as a hopeful act.

Click here to see how Carole says we can all honor our creative voices.
Perhaps no sports figure inspired people of all races more than Muhammad Ali. Ali died last year after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease but The Greatest lives on in stories like this.

The Tuskegee Airmen have been immortalized for their heroism in World War II. They fought two wars — one against the Axis powers, the other against prejudice and bigotry at home.

100-year-old Dorothy Johnson was one of the first African-American women to serve overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces. She describes the extraordinary wartime mission she embarked on.

We had the pleasure of interviewing Rosa Parks’ niece Sheila McCauley Keys on Growing Bolder Radio. Sheila's memoir Our Auntie Rosa reveals what it was like growing up with this icon of American history.

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