Who Are You?
Where Do You Come From?
What Are You Made Of?
Why Do They Mock You And Call You Names?
Do We Act Like Kings And Queens?
Our history is too rich and resilient to be told in one month, one class project, one semester or one year. There are too many prevalent, conveniently forgotten or untold chronicles of who we are as a people and our contributions to this world. Before we can go forward, we have to know and understand where we’ve come from. We are more than who we are projected in the media to be.
(Photo courtesy of: Euclid Library)
Teach your children that they are direct descendants of the greatest and proudest race who ever peopled the earth; and it is because of the fear of our return to power, in a civilization of our own, that may outshine others, why we are hated and kept down by a jealous and prejudiced contemporary world. ~ Marcus Garvey
As a people we are more than just basketball and football players, rappers or musicians, actors and celebrities. Our history is rich with scientists, lawyers, judges, activists, poets, inventors and so much more. We come from a race that we should all be proud of. Our forefathers/mothers set the bar high. There are many heroes and leaders we can look to for encouragement, support and leadership, in our past and present, as we build the hero’s and leaders for our future.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” ~ Marcus Garvey
* Please check back often, we will continue to add to our list of historical people.
Benjamin Banneker Developed the first clock built in the United States, studied astronomy and developed an almanac. Helped to create the layout of the building streets and monuments for the Nation’s Capitol – Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license.
Emmit McHenry created a complex computer code whereby ordinary people can now surf the web or have e-mails without having to study computer science. He created what we know today simply as .com
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an African-American abolitionist, poet and author. Born free in Baltimore, Maryland, she had a long and prolific career, publishing her first book of poetry at age 20 and her first novel, the widely praised Iola Leroy, at age 67.
Fred Jones was a master inventor, he created numerous devices, from a portable x-ray machine to an automatic movie ticket dispenser to a refrigerated trucking system. His creativeness caused the largest corporations and the United States government to seek his help.
Frederick Douglass, a former slave and eminent human rights leader in the abolition movement, was the first black citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank.
Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
Huey P. Newton was an African-American activist best known for founding the militant Black Panther Party in 1966, along with co-founder Bobby Seale.
Paul Laurence Dunbar holds the distinction of being the first African American poet to receive national acclaim since Phyllis Wheatly.
Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South.