It’s amazing how you can live in a place for your entire life and never know information about important things and/or people who made the opportunities you have possible. I went to the viewing of a documentary today at King’s Place, Albany County’s Historical Association, that discussed the history and efforts behind the civil right group called The Brothers who were formed in Albany, NY in 1966 — months before the Black Panthers. These were educated black men who bonded on the efforts to gain access to jobs, affordable and safe housing, and clean streets for other African Americans. They made many sacrifices and worked with students as well as other people of lower economic status to bring change to the Albany community. I actually had a chance to speak to one of The Brothers, Percell McDowell, breifly after the viewing. I was excited to hear more stories but I also took that as an opportunity to express my gratitude for their hard work and dedication. For this I am grateful. As they say, we stand on the shoulders of giants.