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African Americans have contributed much to build the United
States of America into what it is. They have given their blood, sweat,
passion, intelligence, and yes also their strength to an America that often
refuses to recognize such contributions. Such contributions span the
limits of human activity. Below we list some of these 'forgotten'
Americans who just happened to also be of African descent.
We have decided to focus on less known individuals rather than
stress the often cited like; Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman,
Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, etc. Those cited below, also deserve
recognition. Their individual contributions to America and the world, were no
less monumental, and for that reason, deserve to be honored and never
forgotten. Their lives should serve as an inspiration to youth, as
examples of what can be accomplished even amid great injustice
By what sends
the white kids
I ain't sent:
I know I can't
What don't bug
them white kids
sure bugs me:
We know everybody
Lies written down
for white folks
ain't for us a-tall:
Liberty And Justice--
One of the most important writers and thinkers of the Harlem
Renaissance, which was the African American artistic movement in the 1920s that
celebrated black life and culture.
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
A pioneer in open-heart surgery.
Ernest Everett Just
Contributions on the physiology of development
Boykin's first achievements was a type of resistor used in
computers, radios, television sets, and a variety of electronic devices. Some of
his other inventions included a variable resistor used in guided missiles, small
component thick-film resistors for computers.
His first invention was a lubricator for steam engines, U.S.
129,843, which issued on July 12, 1872. The invention allowed machines to remain
in motion to be oiled; his new oiling device revolutionized the industrial
machine industry. Elijah McCoy established his own firm and was responsible for
a total of 57 patents. The term "real McCoy" refers to the oiling device used
for industrial machinery.
Matthew Alexander Henson
American hero whose long term partnership with Robert E. Peary
allowed them to discover the North Pole in 1909.
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable
Pioneer settler of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an
African American from Sainte-Domingue (Haiti), built the first permanent
settlement at the mouth of the river just east of the present Michigan Avenue
Bridge on the north bank.
Frederick M. Jones
Designed a series of devices for the developing movie industry,
which adapted silent movie projectors to use talking movie stock. He also
developed an apparatus for the movie box-office that delivers tickets and
returns change to customers. In 1935 he invented the first automatic
refrigeration system for long-haul trucks, the "Thermo-King."
Writer, teacher, activist
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote of him, "history cannot ignore
W.E.B. DuBois because history has to reflect truth and Dr. DuBois was a tireless
explorer and a gifted discoverer of social truths. His singular greatness lay in
his quest for truth about his own people. There were very few scholars who
concerned themselves with honest study of the black man and he sought to fill
this immense void. The degree to which he succeeded disclosed the great
dimensions of the man."
Dr. Martin Luther King,
Writings and Quotes
"A time comes when silence is betrayal."
"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this
period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad
people, but the appalling silence of the good people."
Martin Luther King Jr.
INFORMATION on African American
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Blacks in the Military
History of Black History
Timeline: Civil Rights
For Kids: Civil Rights
The March on Washington
Important Cities in Black History
Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
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Essays on Black America
Notable Speeches by African Americans
[ Dum vivimus vivamus
"...It is wrong to encourage a man or a people in evil doing;
it is wrong to aid and abet a national crime simply because it is unpopular
not to do so... We have no right to sit silently by while the inevitable
seeds are sown for a harvest of disaster to our children, black and
...By every civilized and peaceful method we must strive for
the rights which the world accords men, clinging unwaveringly to those great
words which the sons of the Fathers would fain forget: 'We hold these
truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.' "
W.E.B. DuBois, from The
Souls of Black Folk
*While we live, let us live
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Posted February 19, 2006
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