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Black History Month

Updated: Feb 2, 2022

Back in high school, one of my English teachers had posters of many of the famous writers. Hemingway, Dickens, and more ringing the upper walls of the room. To my recollection, most of them were men and white. They all shared a common style, so I’m sure that’s how the set was sold. It was the late eighties and the world was not perfect.


What we know now is there’s a lot of people who got left out of history, not just writers. In February, friends of mine have posted up links and names for Black History Month. I haven’t read them all, but here they are, plus a few more I knew about. I’ve got some reading to do.


Barbara Hillary


Bob Marley


Colin Kapernick


Fredi Washington


Gerald Lawson


Dr. Hadiyah- Nicole Green


Harry T. Moore


Reverend Dr. Henry Highland Garnet


James Zwerg


Sgt. 1st Class Janina Simmons


Julian F. Abele


Kalief Browder


Langston Hughes


Lonnie Johnson


Malcom X


Marie Van Brittan Brown


Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner


Dr. Maya Angelou


Nina Simone


Octavia Butler


Polly Jackson


Robert Smalls


Sandra Bland


Sidney Poitier


Rev. William Washington Browne


Sarranounia Mangou


Toni Morrison


This list isn’t definitive or ranked (I sorted by first name). Some lives were cut tragically short. Each should be known as well as Hemingway and Thomas Jefferson. It’s hard to fit everybody’s poster on a classroom wall, but until everybody is at least represented, we’ll need months dedicated to raising our awareness of those left out.


Happy Black History Month.



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