So often do we hear about Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, W.E.B DuBois, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X. While I do not at all devalue their contributions to African American and the society in general, it amazes me how many people do not know any additional important African Americans in history.
Because this hurts my heart to say, and simply complaining about an issue does nothing, I have compiled a short list (definitely not 100% comprehensive in any way) of other African American History Makers with links to their stories. Click on the names for more information and I encourage you to look at website in which the links lead to discover many many more. Enjoy!
Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron
Aaron was the last player to come from Negro Leagues and achieve success in Major League Baseball. He is also remember as the player who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, among many others.
George Edward Alcorn
Alcorn is best known for his development of the imaging x-ray spectrometer but is credited with over 20 inventions and holds 8 US Patents.
Cleveland Leigh Abbott
Abbott served as a First Lieutenant in the 366th Infantry, 92nd Division in World War I. He also started the women’s track and field program at Tuskegee in 1937.
Ralph David Abernathy
Abernathy was a pastor and Martin Luther King’s chief aide and closest associate during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s.
Jesse B. Blayton, Sr.
Blayton was a pioneer African American radio station entrepreneur. Blayton founded WERD-AM in Atlanta, Georgia on October 3, 1949 making him the first African American to own and operate a radio station in the United States.
Bunche was a U.S. diplomat and a key member of the United Nations for more than two decades, and winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Peace for his successful negotiation of an Arab-Israeli truce in Palestine the previous year.
Caliver was appointed in 1930 by President Herbert Hoover to the new position of Senior Specialist in the Education of Negroes in the U.S. Office of Education. He remained in the post when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President two years later and joined FDR’s “Black Cabinet.”
Hubert T. Delany
Delany was one of the first appointed African American judges in New York City in the early 20th Century.
Elkins is credited with improving the design of the refriderator.
Monroe Nathan Work
Work was a leading early 20th Century sociologist who went to highschool at the age of 23, showing that it is never too late for education and excellence. He later became a leading sociologist at the Univeristy of Chicago.