“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.“
It was in 1976 when the U.S. President Gerald Ford officially chose the month of February for Black History Month also known as African-American History Month. The annual celebration is aimed to recognize history, experiences, and accomplishments of black people. It is the time honor the neglected accomplishment of black American. So here we are, seizing the opportunity and re-telling the story of the iconic black figures in American history.
1. Frederick Douglas
“Knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom.”
A mixed race of Native American, European, and African. Douglas was raised by his maternal grandmother after being separated from his mother at a young age. He was a renowned person who made a stand and fought for the removal of slavery in the United States.
He had become the voice of black people and earned the trust and heart of the masses. Frederick Douglas was more than just an abolitionist speaker of the late 18th century. He even sacrificed his own freedom and safety to end the predicament of blacks and give them the freedom they had been stripped of.