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Important Black History Facts

Foremost Hidden Figures is a great movie. I watched it a few years ago when it was showing in the UK and to say I was ‘blown away’ is an understatement. These women were pioneers and unsung heroes!

All of them married with children with apparently supportive spouses and fighting racial prejudice, still rising to the top of their field and saving NASA in the first-ever experiment to the moon. They should be applauded and not only in black history month.

Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, left), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) in Hidden Figures.

In the UK October is black history month, but unfortunately, not a lot of people get a lot of historical facts for the black history month. Hence, why I have taken it on myself to share about these pioneers and to get you thinking.

Other facts about black history are found in the story of the following:

UK

Billy Boston 
Samuel Coleridge
Dr John Anthony Roberts
Mary Prince
Lilian Bader
Moira Stuart

America

Ignatius Sancho
Madam C. J. Walker
Rosa Parkes
Harriet Tubman
Jackie Robinson
Carter G Woodson and so much more if you care to do your research.

So, if you are tempted to think black history month is just about eating different African or Caribbean dishes or the various traditional attires, think again, it’s so much more than what you think.

Do take the time to educate yourself about black history and the immense contribution that black people have made and are still making to the world, possibly even where you live, work and attend school.

In the world we live in now with the advancement of digital technology, it’s not longer an excuse to be ignorant. Spread the word!

 

2 replies on “Important Black History Facts”

Previously, I’d only heard about Black American’s who had achieved greatness, please see the link to 100 Great Black Britons Look out for future shoutouts this month to Black Africans who have and are achieving greatness!

“Sometimes, we sit and we look around us and we think, ‘how can I possibly change all this?’ And sometimes you can’t. But what you can do is make sure wherever you go, people know where you stand. They know that you’re an anti-racist. You become a beacon of light that way. You become someone who makes other people want to be anti-racist too. You’ve got tools at your disposal. Learn. Read. And make everybody clear where you stand” John Amaechi

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