Guest column/Time to remember to keep on keeping on

Throughout the years, I could never be any prouder of my African-American heritage than I am now, despite the many obstacles.

One of the most profound acts since 1619, the beginning of slavery, shows how far we have come. As I look back over the excruciating pain that we have suffered and, in some ways, are still suffering, I realize that racism now, in the 21st century, approaches with more sophistication and subtleness.

However, only God, and him alone, has brought us this far. He not only was with us during the degradation of slavery, he made a way for African-Americans to obtain an education, careers and good jobs in spite of everything. However, one can certainly state that most African-Americans are very competent. We’ve been through too much to be anything but smart and intelligent.

Oftentimes, I feel as if slavery has been a blessing in disguise. It has alarmed us to realize that we must work harder and harder to obtain what we want or need out of life, remembering that our struggle is not over.

I think proudly of Barack Obama being the first African-American president of these United States.

The average person had predicted that this action would never become true, because of the color of his skin. It has been relevant to see that God has his way — no one else.

We are blessed with numerous educators, such as Dr. Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who is a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He earned fame for his ground-breaking procedure with conjoined twins. Joined at the head, they were born in Germany in 1987 and separated at Johns Hopkins on Sept. 7, 1987. They were the first twins to be successfully separated.

In 2016, Ava Roberts became the youngest African-American female doctor in the world.

She was only 23. She quickly excelled in medical school, majoring in and practicing podiatric medicine in Colorado Springs, Colo. She graduated from Ohio State University in 1993.

She’s known as a child prodigy, and was a gifted child.

Roberts also is the first African-American to own and operate a pharmacy in the United States. Becoming a physician is a grueling challenge, not matter what a person’s age is.

African-Americans have become doctors, lawyers, engineers, chemists, NBA stars, NFL stars, church officials, members of Congress and the cabinet of presidents.

Yes, we have weathered the storm, but whatever the storm might be, snow or rain, we must realize that we must continue through, no matter what, remembering to keep on keeping on.

We are blessed people. May God be glorified.

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, keep us forever in thy path, we pray.

(Wiggins is the president of the Ohio Valley Black Caucus.)