Significant Black figures

The Famous, but some are not as ubiquitous as MLK and Malcolm X

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Significant Black figures

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Kayne Gallegos, Times Staff

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Everyone knows Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Nelson Mandela. In honor of Black History Month, here are some lesser known people to check out:

  • Desmond Tutu, a South African preacher who opposed apartheid.
  • Sojourner Truth, freed slave and activist.
  • Marcus Garvey, newspaper owner and founder of the “Back to Africa” Movement.
  • Emmett Till, martyr of the civil rights movement.
  • Matthew Henson, explored the North Pole and was the first to reach it.
  • Mae C. Jemison, first black woman in space.
  • Duke Ellington, a jazz musician with hits like “Take the ‘A’ Train,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”
  • Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State under George W. Bush.
  • Jessie Fauset, Editor of “The Crisis,” and American Novelist.
  • Hank Aaron, held the Major League Baseball home run king for a little over 30 years.