“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. is remembered for many things: Being the first Black Air Force General, leading the Tuskegee Airmen flight squadron and standing up to the military establishment in advancing the cause of Black …
Doris “Dorie” Miller was a cook in the United States Navy noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
Bass Reeves was one of the first African Americans to receive a commission as a Deputy U.S. Marshal
Charles Richard Drew was an American physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage
Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige was an American baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime
Wilt Chamberlain is universally recognized as one of the greatest basketball players in history, but he may well be the most under-rated players in history.
Bessie Coleman – greatblackheroes.com Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was born on January 26, 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, the daughter of George and Susan Coleman. George, one-quarter African-American and three-quarters …
Thurgood Marshall is known as the first Black Justice of the United States Supreme Court but he is really defined by his work as a civil rights lawyer which redefined life in the United States.
Josephine Baker is a name that is synonymous with the 1920s cultural high life. She lived in a time of immense social, political and cultural change and was at the forefront of the “jazz baby” movement in the US and Europe, …
Lewis Latimer – Great Black Heroes … Lewis Latimer – Black Inventor Online Museum: http://www.blackinventor.com/pages/lewis-latimer.html. Lewis Latimer (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Howard_Latimer
Marian Anderson – greatblackheroes.com Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Berkley Anderson and Annie Delilah Anderson. John was a loader at the
William Hastie had one of the most distinguished careers as an earlier Black political pioneer but today remains unknown to most Americans. As a politician, an educator and a jurist, Hastie made inroads and left a legacy that …
Larry Doby is forever viewed as number two, the second Black player and the second Black manager in modern Major League Baseball but this should not obscure his Hall of Fame career nor the struggles he endured.
Langston Hughes was one of the most celebrated and respected writers/poets of the Harlem Renaissance and was a fore bearer of great authors of the Black Experience.
Although the name Elijah McCoy may be a mystery to most people, the scale of his ingenuity and the quality of his creations have created a level of distinction which bears his name.
George Washington Carver was born in 1860 in Diamond Grove, Missouri and in spite of earlier issues would advance to become one of the most commemorated and highly regarded scientists in United States history.
Harriet Tubman – Great Black Heroes In 1844, she met and married John Tubman. Not uncommonly for the time, the marriage was a “mixed” one, as he was a free man and she was still a slave. Marriages like this were not …
Lloyd Hall was born on June 20, 1894 in Elgin, Illinois. He was an honor student while going to West Side High School in Aurora, Illinois and captained the school debate team while competing in baseball, football and track.
Fred McKinley Jones is certainly one of the most significant Black inventors ever based on the sheer number of inventions he developed as well as their variety. Fred Jones was born on May 17, 1893 in Covington, Kentucky.
Often the greatest inventions are those which simplify necessary tasks. Such is the case with Jan Matzeliger – the man who made it possible for ordinary people to purchase shoes. Jan Matzeliger was born in Dutch Guiana …
“Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.”