In our continuing series for Black History Month (BHM), we now focus on the brothas. As with the last two entries, I will highlight only a few (usually 10) historic figures. And as always, if you want to find out more about these and other individuals, please click on the links and browse through the websites or do a search online or at your local library.
As you know, there’s an important need for articles, blog posts and websites that showcase accomplishments and great deeds by African Americans. Too often, we’re slammed with negative news, silly memes and racist propaganda concerning our people, especially black men. Stereotypes that make us appear shiftless, violent and lazy persist. Hopefully, this article helps to counter those beliefs, but more positive images and news must continue.
So, without further ado, here are a list of black history’s notable male figures:
Carter G. Woodson – Known as “Father of Black History Month” who founded The Journal of Negro History in 1916 and started Negro History Week a decade later.
Matthew Henson – Believed to be the first man to reach the North Pole.
Philip Emeagwali – Won the Gordon Bell supercomputing prize in 1989 for applying the power of networked computers to analysis of oil field reserves.
Ralph Ellison – Won the National Book Award for his first novel Invisible Man.
The Nicholas Brothers – Acrobatic tap dancing team of the mid-20th century. (They count as one entry.)
Hiram Revels – First black U.S. Senator.
Matt Baker – First successful black artist in the comic book industry.
Bayard Rustin – Civil rights activist of the 1960’s, involved in numerous groups and movements including a Communist movement working to free the Scottsboro Boys, a group of nine Black men unfairly accused of raping two white women in Alabama.
Langston Hughes – Legendary author and poet from the Harlem Renaissance.
Percy Julian – Scientist known for his research and developments in synthetic compounds.
Final part: Black History Month: Homeland Heroes