NEW YORK (PIX11) – In honor of Black History Month, PIX11 News is putting a spotlight on community champions across the tri-state area who are blazing a new trail.

From fighting systematic racism to conquering the business world, these individuals are breaking barriers against incredible odds. They’ve turned their obstacles into opportunities and found hope despite hardship.

Watch the full half-hour special in the video player. For PIX11’s continuing coverage of Black History Month, click here.