By Renee Castro
As the month of February draws to a close, so does another Black History Month. February is known as Black History Month where we honor and celebrate the triumphs of African Americans in U.S history. It’s a time of remembrance for the civil rights movement, as well as other amazing achievements some of these people have had over the years.
Here are just a few of the MANY notable figures we celebrate throughout Black History Month.
We know her as the escaped slave who led other slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. “She was also a nurse, a Union spy and a women’s suffrage supporter,” according to History.com
The player who integrated baseball, Jackie Robison also won the MVP award in 1949 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961. Although Robinson faced insults and threats because of his race, he handled it with great courage and grace.
The first African-American player in women’s tennis, Gibson was also the first black player to win Wimbeldon as well as the French and U.S Open titles.
He was an activist and the public voice of the Black Muslim faith. Malcolm X was known for challenging, “the mainstream civil-rights movement and the nonviolent pursuit of integration championed by Martin Luther King Jr.,” according to history.com
Martin Luther King Jr.
We know him as the man who had a dream, but Martin Luther King Jr. was more than that. He was a social activist and a Baptist minister who sought for equality, human rights for African Americans and peace.
Although he was outspoken on issues of race, religion and politics, Ali was an all-around individual. He was a heavyweight champion, and “one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century.” He was also an Olympic gold medalist!
In 1955, Rosa Parks made history by refusing to give up her seat to a white man. This helped spark the civil rights movement after the local black community started a bus boycott the day Parks was convicted.
The month of February is one of remembrance and celebration. History continues to be made every single day, and will continue on forever. This month, we celebrate how grateful we are that these notable figures did things that changed our lives forever!