“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes the teaching of biography and history.” – Carter G. Woodson
12 African-American Inventors, Activist, and Leaders Lost to History
February Is Black History Month
I can remember sitting in American history class eager to learn and always wondering why Black history is marginalized to only one month out of the school year. Black history is American history after all isn’t it? The pioneers of America’s Black history always echoed as the same heroes/heroines and leaders from elementary school to high school. A list seemingly condensed to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sourjour Truth, Fredrick Douglas, and George Washington Carver. Of course, the accomplishments of these visionaries and freedom fighters are not to be diminished, but given America’s sordid past have you ever wondered are their others? Other inventors, activists, and leaders in Black history that are lost in history? And they made immense contributions to the society in which we live? Yes, there are! And here are 12 of the African-American inventors, activist, and leaders that have been lost to history.