If it’s true that challenges reveal personal character, Samuel Mamou has unveiled himself valiant and strong. In the wake of Hurricane Ida that recently ripped though Louisiana and left many without food, water, and other needs, Mamou went to work. Not simply to help his immediate family, but to assist neighbors and the wider community. For his selfless leadership, the husband and father of five appeared on Good Morning America where his heroism was celebrated.
Mamou’s actions are consistent with a long legacy of Black self-help that includes helping others. His leadership reflects values rooted in African culture that celebrates collective identify, responsibility, and well-being. To learn more about Mamou, the Brother who exemplified a kind of collective self-regard that has long sustained people throughout the African diaspora, click here.