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Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in United States and Canada, while in Ireland, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom it is observed in October.

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  • Crispus Attucks

    Crispus Attucks

    Stevedore

    Activism

    Crispus Attucks was a stevedore of African and Native American descent, widely regarded as the first person killed in the Boston Massacre and thus the first American killed in the American Revolution. He became an icon of the anti-slavery movement.

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  • Marcus Garvey

    Marcus Garvey

    Founder, Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League

    Activism

    Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He was the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (commonly known as UNIA).

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  • Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

    Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.

    Founder and President, Rainbow/PUSH

    Politics

    Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia (1991 - 1997).

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  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks

    First Lady of Civil Rights

    Activism

    Rosa Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The United States Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".

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  • Emmett Till

    Emmett Till

    Icon, Civil Rights Movement

    Activism

    Emmett Till was a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after a white woman said she was offended by him in her family's grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention.

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  • Sojourner Truth

    Sojourner Truth

    African-American Abolitionist and Women's Rights Activist

    Activism

    Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist. She was born into slavery, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828 she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.

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  • Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass

    African-American Social Reformer and Abolitionist

    Activism

    Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York.

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  • Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman

    American Abolitionist

    Activism

    Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

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  • Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali

    Boxer

    Sports

    Muhammad Ali was a professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure.

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  • Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela

    President of South Africa (1994 - 1999)

    Politics

    Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa (1994 - 1999). He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

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  • Dr. Cornel West

    Dr. Cornel West

    American Philosopher, Academic, Social Activist, Author, and Public Intellectual

    Academia

    Dr. Cornel West is an American philosopher, academic, social activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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