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Thanks Brian in celebration of the many achievements and important milestones by African Americans throughout US history Fox News.
Has teamed up with the -- apprentice program for a very special series it honors a few of these extraordinary people.
And fox -- -- Harris Faulkner joins us with more and you have in the lucky one who gets to meet these wonderful people in report.
On the uncertain if you put it that way because I do I feel like -- won the lottery they've been so special connection you know sometimes you do run into this rare individuals a true one of a continent.
When we first began our research for this project we met an absolute spit fire named Barbara Hillary.
Barbour has battled through not one but two different types of cancer and instead of laying low in taking it easy.
She became an adventurer traveling to the North Pole.
A place where no other African American woman had gone before.
I don't think Clinton's -- from people.
I think for myself.
And that's what makes people unique that your body -- your mind.
Ten years ago if someone had told you that you were going to be the first African American woman to reach the North Pole what which -- -- I would have said.
Thank you for the vote of confidence with have you lost this.
Barbara Hillary grew up in Harlem during the Great Depression the youngest of two girls her father died before her second birthday.
But -- was raised by strong mother who kept -- honest out of trouble.
It was in the but it was his girlfriend.
There was a standard than my home.
There was a sense of expectations.
In terms of education.
There's no such thing this -- GE.
In her mid twenty's doctors discovered two different lawns during a routine breast exam it was decided that I would have two questions.
Pretty young woman that's.
Yes it was that was -- -- and my mother to a.
They're going to be setbacks and like those old news.
You -- you get after them trying.
That in later life you turn 67 and you have another health scare and what have.
That was Donald -- with a long Kansan.
Doctors had to remove the load for her -- and she lost 25% of her breathing capacity but instead of slowing down she turned it up a notch.
I looked at a cruise ship.
And I realize that nothing list.
Stopped going to ship in -- married people or fifteen minutes -- and -- you know -- -- pitches and you look -- And as a natural progression that's ability to read about the North Pole and I discovered there's no black woman on -- Had never set foot on the geographic.
That was very motivating force what kind of support did you get from the African American community while black folk -- I have lost my mind.
-- -- most people wouldn't do this at thirty.
Having never had -- -- -- did you think that you could do this I saw no reason why couldn't not being flippant.
It's a matter of believing in yourself and the platforms.
I -- them.
Although she never done any fundraising before she made thousands of cold calls and eventually raised more than 25000.
Dollars for the trip.
Of a lifetime.
And now you're getting close to the.
Can -- what's going through your mind.
And say to my guys and we're friends now we are we going to -- the poll when are we going to release this blank blank hole at seven Kingston.
Since often -- standing on the top of the.
These days as she waits for her next great adventure she travels around the nation speaking to colleges and universities.
And likes to take time to visit the old neighborhood.
When -- come to -- them.
I'm overwhelmed emotionally it's -- them back.
It's emotionally searing experience the comeback for the good here filming -- going back in America if they call it soul food for.
If you civilized places left -- well let's face it food -- that's what else is there.
I wouldn't want people to pick from your story I would like people of color you know.
They don't have to be staring at a time.
There's more to us all due respect to people who played football and baseball.
We can also do what that means if you want to.
Since that trip Barbara Hillary has become the first African American woman to stand on both polls because last year at 79 she went to the south -- She told me she's not done yet publishing wouldn't say exactly where she's going -- she says it will be another first and this time.
The -- it's going to be a little warmer so we'll stay in touch with her.
Wow I -- -- she tells it like it is and she does it she's she does what she said -- right.
Love it -- -- -- next week America's largest city in the Big Apple right here in New York elected its first black mayor and the 1990s.
And for the first time former mayor David Dinkins returns to legendary Gracie Mansion to sit down.
For an interview.
The victories the memories and his indelible imprint on history don't miss it.
We'll continue our journey this Black History Month and rounded out next week -- -- we -- on together Gretchen through our shared.
I've really enjoyed seeing all these pieces that you put together I know you've had a lot of fun too thanks Harris.
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