Black women are fighters, we are achievers, we overcome. Often in the media we are portrayed as licentious whores, or vicious ball busting shrews. Very seldom are our experiences, and our courage to face the world validated. I want to share with you the story of 75 year old Barbara Hillary, the first black woman to go to the North Pole. She did not listen to naysayers who told her that she would not make it. With drive, determination and bravery she reached her goal. I hope that you will be as inspired as I have been. To the mountaintop my sisters, and never look back.