Black History Month: Lists of Black Historical Figures from Black Publications

Brooke Banks | 12:00 AM | | |

I meant to have a planned out awesome feature for Black History Month. Then The Pain(tm) happened.

It started the last two weeks of January with tooth pain on my left side and an emergency extraction. Then it became the right side of my face, which still hasn't been diagnosed and isn't attached to a tooth problem and keeps me up all night sleeping in a chair because when I lay down it's like an electric shock.

Unfortunetely, my kickass idea will have to wait for later when I have the ability to get shit done. But I couldn't live with myself if I didn't post something here for BHM.

So here's me shutting up and presenting important lists made by people who should be listened to, read, understood, and celebrated.

10 Black Heroes Who Usually Go Unrecognized During Black History Month, But Shouldn’t

Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 – Feb. 23, 1915)

7 Of The Most Unrecognized Women in Black History

Every February, in recognition of Black History Month, we’re reintroduced to influential people in our history who have left marks in their respective industries. These people were great. Their courage surpassed their fear and they held steadfast in their fight for justice and equality for the human race. Yet, while we’re constantly reminded of the Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Harriet Tubmans, Malcolms, and Rosa Parks of the past, there are many other black leaders that often go unrecognized. Their paths were just as difficult and their fights just as courageous.

So as Black History Month gets ready to come to a close, we would like to acknowledge seven of the least recognized women in black history. Some you may be familiar with by name, but not aware of their stories. Others you will be introduced to for the first time. These women paved the way for other women and blacks in general.


The Ten Most Interesting Little Known Black History Facts

From Black America Web.
The Fultz quadruplets were the first surviving identical African-American quads.

9 Influential Women in Black History You Won't Hear About in School

The conversation surrounding influential moments and people in black history often focuses on the contributions of men — leaving the vital efforts of black women by the wayside.

Before Selma premiered nationwide earlier this year, for example, many mainstream discussions about the titular city's voting rights marches focused on leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rep. John Lewis. But Selma also introduced many Americans to black women who directly influenced organizing efforts at the time, like Annie Lee Cooper, Diane Nash, Amelia Boynton and Viola Jackson. Before the movie, most people would've been hard-pressed to recall any of these women — and there are so many others whose names won't ever be known.

That's why it's important to make sure black women's contributions are always part of our conversations about history. While some are more well-known than others, lack of mainstream recognition doesn't make these women's efforts any less significant to our country's progress.

Here are just a few of the many black women whose work helped change America, and the world, as we know it.


17 Unsung Heroes Of Black History

Bayard Rustin Rustin was one of the main organizers of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and without him, Martin Luther King, Jr. would not have had the platform he did (literally and figuratively) to speak from. The reason Rustin didn’t get as much attention as he should have is that he was openly gay, and was constantly dealing with the struggles of being in two minority groups at the time — the black community and the gay community. - See more at:

That's all I have for now. Who or what fact did you learn from these links? Do you have a link to share with us?

I'll have more link promotions for Black History Month shortly, so stay tuned! Is there a topic you'd like to see covered?

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