As part of celebrating Black History Month, select Dallas Wings will answer questions and reflect on what the month means to them. Today’s question and answer is with guard Allisha Gray. She was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 Draft by the Dallas Wings and was the 2017 WNBA Rookie of the Year.
Q: What does Black History Month mean to you?
A: It is a time for us to take a moment to recognize and honor the African Americans who have paved the way, suffered and sacrificed for the sake of racial equality. They paved the way for all African Americans living in this country today.
Q: Who are some of your role models as it relates to Black History Month?
A: Harriet Tubman, because she was born into slavery, escaped, and then helped other slaves gain freedom along the underground railroad; Sojourner Truth, because not only did she fight for African American rights but for women’s rights as well; and Martin Luther King Jr., because he led the civil rights movement through non-violent protests.
Q: What does Black History Month mean to the WNBA?
A: Black History Month is very important and relevant to the league because it celebrates those who persevered through adversity and fought to have the basic civil rights that all human beings should have. We are a league of women, and it was not long ago that we did not have the right to vote. Black History Month is almost a symbol of change for all.
Q: What is a message you have for everyone as we continue to move forward with change?
A: Keep pushing the envelope for equality and fighting the good fight.