Famous African Americans

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Happy first day of February! Of course, we all know February as the month of love (Hello, Valentine's Day), but today we're focusing on another aspect of February: It's Black History Month. To kick it off, we've decided to highlight some famous African Americans throughout history.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Champion of the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought with words and non-violence for equal rights and was imprisoned and slandered for his efforts. 

Langston Hughes

Poet, social activist, playwright, and columnist of the Harlem Renaissance. Read "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," one of my favorite Langston Hughes poems. 

Barack and Michelle Obama

The 44th President of the United States and his wife. Barack Obama made history with his victory in 2008, making him the first African American POTUS. 

Maya Angelou

Poet and Civil Rights activist. 

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou

BB King

King of the Blues. Mississippi's own! 

Rosa Parks 

Rosa Parks made history when she refused to give her bus seat to a white man. Her actions spurred boycotts and other efforts to end segregation. 

Louis Armstrong

One of the most influential figures in Jazz. Thank Louis for classics like "What a Wonderful World"

Fannie Lou Hamer

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Born in Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer fought for Voting Rights during the Civil Rights movement. 

While this list isn't exhaustive, we think it represents the enormous cultural and social contributions of African Americans. Have someone else in mind that should be celebrated? Leave it in the comments! 

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