Unsung Heroes of Black History

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My grandfather, Clifton Frederick Richardson, Sr., was a Black editor/publisher, journalist, political activist and civic booster in Houston during the period of 1911-1939. Both his editorial/journalist career and political activism can be defined using the titles of four of the publications he edited: “Watchman, Observer, Informer and Defender”. Mr. Richardson was born in Marshall, Texas on 30 October 1892. He graduated with honors from Bishop College in Marshall, Texas in June of 1909 with a degree in journalism and printing. After graduating from Bishop College, he and his wife moved to Dallas in 1910 to be employed as a printer with the Dallas Express.In 1911, he moved his family to Houston, Texas due to a request from Professor E. D. Pierson to work with the Western Star. In March of 1916, William N. Nickerson Jr., Clifton F. Richardson Sr., R. T. Andrews and Campbell A. Gilmore founded the Houston Observer and he became the first manager-editor of the paper. On May 2, 1919 he founded and became the editor of the The Houston Informer. On October 11, 1930, Mr. Richardson founded and became editor/publisher of the Houston Defender. Mr. Richardson was an officer or co-founder of following businesses, fraternal, political and civic organizations: American Mutual Benefit Association Inc. (partner), the Safety and Loan Brokerage Company (vice-president), Houston Community Chest (director of a 1925 charity drive), National Negro Business League (executive committee) , the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (one of the founders and first vice-president) , Texas Association of Negro Musicians for South Texas (district director), Coleridge-Taylor Choral Choir (president), Houston Colored Commercial Club (executive secretary), Houston Independent Voters Leagues/Progressive Voters’ League (one of the founders), Black and Tan Party of Harris County (co-founder in the 1920s), Real Building and Loan Association (president), Houston Negro Business League (president), Bethel Baptist Church (chairman of the board of trustees), Bethel Baptist Church (director of the School Choir), Bethel Baptist (soloist with the senior church choir), Bethel Baptist Church (teacher of the men’s Bible class), Webster-Richardson Publishing Company (president), grand president of several “Juneteenth Celebrations”, Southern Collegiate Conference Texas (official umpire for all games played at Prairie View State College), and one of the founders of the Houston Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He was a member of the following organizations: Ancient Order of Pilgrims and United Brothers of Friendship, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and the Y. M. C. A. Mr. Richardson was a vocal supporter of civil rights, writing many articles on the issue in his various publications. He was a founding member of the Civic Betterment League (CBL) of Harris County, and a founding member and later president of Houston’s NAACP chapter. Clifton F. Richardson died of kidney failure in August of 1939. His funeral procession during that time was one of the largest in Houston’s history. In a tribute to Mr. Richardson at his death, Miss M. E. B. Isaacs, society editor, stated “If I could write his epitaph, I would inscribe upon his tombstone-Clifton F. Richardson, Negro Journalist and fearless defender of the Black Man’s Rights”. -Leon
Joseph C. Sweeting, Founder and Editor of International Newsletter. JC Sweeting and Positive Friends is dedicated to spreading positive thoughts via the International Toastmaster and the International Guideon prison ministry around the world. -Dr. Samuel
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Mr. Alvin Jackson of Rome Georgia he has been an inspiration to Rome he has been involved in Civil Rights since I’ve been old enough to understand what it is all about, Alvin have encouraged me to be involved in community events, politics and taught me things. I appreciate the things that Alvin does for Rome Georgia, he steps up to the plate and bat for us as citizens, he keeps us informed or what's happening around our town, he encourages us to be involved, be motivated to understand and stand for what's right. Alvin is and has been and influence to my life and i think he really deserves to be an un-sung hero for Rome Georgia. -Jackie
Rev. T. Ray McJunkins Senior Pastor at Union Baptist Church (Springfield IL) -Spencer
Reverend Bigsby, a leader in the Gamaliel organization and a powerful force in immigration reform and church revitalization efforts. -Ana
My unsung hero is the late Harvey George. Harvey George, born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, spent the early part of his life running with the wrong crowd, which earned him a life sentence at Rahway State Prison. After serving 17 ½ years, Harvey's exceptional behavior and rededication to community earned him an early release from prison in 1991. Since then, Harvey devoted his life to insuring the reentry population and the young adults in his local community receive the guidance and support necessary to break the cycle of poverty, violence and incarceration and reclaim their dignity. In 1992, with limited funds, an ambitious mission and an abundance of determination, Harvey founded Friends of the Lifers Youth Corp, Inc. Armed with nothing but the right message, Harvey became a role-model and household name within the community. Harvey changed his life for the better and although he is no longer with us, he still remains as an inspiration to us all. -Justyna
My unsung hero is local entrepreneur Angela McKnight. Angela is the Founder and Executive Director of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization called AngelaCARES, Inc. AngelaCARES, Inc. is based in Jersey City, NJ. Their mission is to serve as an advocate and support system for senior citizens, a support system for senior caregivers, and a mentor to the youth (educating and empowering them to volunteer). Through her nonprofit, Angela is committed to strengthening the local community by enhancing the quality of life through empowering seniors, their caregivers, and the youth. To find out more about Angela please visit www.AngelaMcknight.com. -Justyna
I nominate myself, Martha O. Bryant-Hall. For over 30 years, I have been fighting Racism, Jim Crow Tactics and Discrimination in the city of Maitland, Florida. I was the recipient of the Honorable U.S. Congresswoman Shirley A. Chisholm Award by the National Congress of Black Women, the Orlando Chapter. I had media coverage from local television and newspapers. Maitland don't celebrate Dr. Kings'Holiday. An investigation needs to be done in the city. I am An ACTIVIST. See you in July. -Martha
Phil Andrews, President 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. Phil Andrews is President of the 100 Black Men of Long Island. Founded in 1974, "The 100" serves as an international coalition focused on creating educational opportunities, promoting economic empowerment, addressing health disparities and creating positive mentoring relationships. As founder of of P.A. Public Relations Company, Phil has been afforded the privilege to serve as Public Relations Director for a myriad of companies, community initiatives and professional organizations. Andrews' business acumen is often sought after by organizations that host major events, benefits and fundraisers. He has served on the Public Relations Committee for the Harlem Book Fair on Long Island {which attracted over 2000 participants in 2003), as Public Relations Committee Member of the New York Metro Black MBA Association and the 100 Black Men of Long Island. In 1995 and 1998, Mr. Andrews' excellence in his field garnered the Small Business Person of the Year award by two branches of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce (Roosevelt and West Indian Chambers, respectively). He has also received a number of proclamations and citations from notable political officials including former Nassau County Executive Thomas S. Gullotta, former Town of Hempstead Supervisor Richard Guardino and Assembly-woman Earlene Hooper Hill, 18th Assembly District of Long Island NY. In 2010 Mr. Andrews was honored for 50 or So Around 50 by Long Island Business News. In 2011 Mr. Andrews was honored by the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY) with the “Good Neighbor Award”. Phil's work has been featured in multi-platform publications including Black Star News, The New York Beacon, Amsterdam News, Minority Business Review, The Network Journal and more. He is also featured in "15 Years of Minority Business Development" a book published by Mr. Robert Adams. Mr. Andrews is listed in Who's Who in Black America and International Who's Who. Prior to beginning his career in Public Relations, Phil was the Vice President and Marketing Director of the Haircut Hut franchise for more than ten years. Phil learned early on the importance of community and education. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York's Marcy Housing Development and attended Brooklyn Technical High School (one of the country's most recognized schools for academic excellence). After serving several years in the US Navy and Army Reserves, attending York College ( Jamaica, Queens, NY) and John Jay College, (New York, NY), he graduated from paralegal school and began a nearly twenty year career in law enforcement. Community, Service and Education have been constant themes in his life. Andrews' drive is a profound concern for his community. This has led him to serve on several Boards of Directors including—the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, Roosevelt Kiwanis and the West Indian Chamber of Commerce as the Public Relations Director, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, and Bronx Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Andrews owns the Power Networking Business Seminar Series, a business network that builds viable connections between community and business. He continues to build networks in and across many an industry; but, none more important than that of the education and mentorship of young people. As a Certified Mentor, Phil Andrews' goals involve encouraging as many promising young men as possible by compelling them to serve with the very best of their minds and talents. -Elseah
Ser-t (Honored Elder) Hepausura, She's 83, African American and vibrant, intelligent, spiritual and health conscious and always striving to make a difference and to realize her goal of constant peace and joy to share with all. She's the backbone of our Maa Sa akhi Performing Arts Academy. Prepares healthy vegan meals for her family daily and healthy treats to raise funds for honor student awards - last year, single handed raised $1,000 as well as collected another $200 toward our Annual Souvenir Journal fund raiser. Always striving to help from cleaning toilets, to buying rugs, to doing reception to collecting fees to giving many helpful tips to parents, to caring for and tutoring 4 little ones all summer for a needy family, to raising grandson (still today) cooking, cleaning, laundering, mentoring, praying. At our church she can be depended on when ever massive ironing is needed for events and weekly she supplies our restaurant with delicious herb popcorn that assist with fund raising. Led group of elders in praise song to Shekhem Ur shekhem. She does all this in constant pain of severe arthritis. Her dream is to complete her book to share what she has learned along the way. Please honor her. -Hefen
Andre Hairston Andre Hairston is a motivator, mentor, coach, author, entreprenuer, & speaker for Christ. He is an instructor for cardio classes throughout the week throughout the city of Charlotte, NC. These classes include all walks of life: women, men, children, black, white, asian, hispanic,white collars, blue collars, professionals, flight attendents, teachers & age has no limits. He teaches inspiration and positive energy, while he teaches us to burn calories & stay fit! I have had many exercising instructors but have never experienced the energy & compassion that he gives to his class. The dedication to everyone beating unwanted pounds and becoming fit is is profound. His caring spirit & motivation is definitely one of an "unsung hero!" -Marissa
Carlton Wallace Owner of Hevenly Creations Barber shop in Eight Miles, Alabama. -Carlus
My Unsung Hero is my Father, James Haney. He is the current President of Washington Carver Heights Community in Wilson, N.C. He has worked the last 17yrs tiressly to bring the community together. My Father is a devoted Husband, Grandfather, and Vietnam Veteran. He volunteers at New Christian Faith Center Food Pantry in our Neighborhood, except he goes the extra mile to personally carry the food to people who have no transportation to get the free food. He knocks on everyones door who is in need and make sure they are okay, especially during the winter months. James Haney has organized over the years Easter Egg Hunt for the kids..where they also learn to keep their neighborhood clean.Youth Day in the Park every 1st Saturday in June, where kids win prizes..eat food and we giveaway about 25 bikes every year along with Wilson Police Dept. He also organize a Fish Fry Fundraiser every 1st Sat. in October to raise money to get the Elderly people in the neighborhood Christmas Boxes filled with Fruit, Food, Blankets, and Gifts. Unsung Hero..James Haney is the definition of it. -Sam
Daquan J. Oliver - Daquan is 21 years young and currently is his 3rd year of college. Daquan comes from a single parent home and had excelled academically, spiritually, mentally and most of all acquired the need to help others. In Daquan's first year of college he and another student volunteered to assist children in the Wellesley Housing Projects in Massachusetts. The goal is to enable these children to have drive, focus and commitment to acquire success. The students of this program have grown and excelled greatly over time. They have accepted the challenges given to them with a vow to overcome them. They are proficient in entrepreneurship and have the confidence and talent of professionals. These students have pitched to strangers of all ages and different types of businesses they work with. In the past two years, two groups of students have begun their own start-ups, one company selling apparel, and another non-profit dedicating to erasing the stereotypes of their surrounding community. The President of the college in which Daquan attends recently told Daquan, "If you ever wondered if you have an impact on the community know that you have, the feedback from the people of this town have nothing but great things to say about the program." Daquan recently received an Outstanding Philanthropic Activity Award as well. Considering Daquan too has endured struggle and opposition he has always maintained a pace for himself and to assist others and is dedicated to his commitments. -Alison
Retha Boone-Fye is my unsung shero. She has worked tirelessly for thirty years in black community affairs beginning as a officer of United Black Students at the University of Miami and serving today as Director of the Office of Black Affairs in the Miami-Dade County Advocacy office. Retha has tirelessly worked and promoted positive aspects, organizations and individuals, always serving from the background. Now, as she prepares to "re-wire", I would love to see her honored for her consistency, professionalism and dedication to "all things black and beautiful". -Browne
My Unsung Hero is my mother Norma Smalls. My mother raised me and my two sisters as a single mother. She graduated from college and worked as a social worker for almost 30 years. My mother has been a Christian woman for over 30 years and she is also a missionary. People all over love my mom. My mother is a widow. My mother suffered a brain stroke and kidney failure. My mother had to retire early and was on dialysis and treating herself at home. She know longer has to do dialysis but she still has to fight a respiratory infection and I hate to see her struggling with all these health issues. My mother never missed church and keeps touching the lives of others. It hurts to see her suffering knowing she has lived such a clean life before us and before God and I would love for my mother to be recognized with such a great honor. -Devin
The unsung hero that I would like to nominate is Manolete Farrar Rhem, a divorced father of three, two daughters who are both attending college and one son soon to enter high school. Manolete is the uncle to four nieces, and one nephew, a father-figure to many community youth and the primary caregiver for his mom. Manolete, which is Spanish for “bullfighter” is committed to developing not just his own biological off-springs to be all they can be, but also serves as a mentor to many others. A math and science substitute teacher, he is a passionate advocate of higher education using his acquired skills to tutor his nieces and others, wherever the need exists. Just as the matador controls the tempo in the arena, Manolete’s mission is to rein in and wage war against the injustice of ignorance and illiteracy by honing and shaping young minds to be effectual leaders of tomorrow. In addition to preparing youth to excel academically, as a former college basketball player at Northern University and a current coach, Manolete uses sports as a means to broaden the horizon of youth in the art of self-discipline, confidence, self-esteem and poise, life skills that are critical to eradicating barriers and facing life’s many challenges. His volunteer activities include; basketball coach for his church and the Tuley Park Community Center for the last fourteen years. This said Manolete “gives him not only an opportunity to spend time with Austin (his son) who is also a basketball enthusiast since the age of four, but also allows them to share the love of the sport”. “If one day the program at Tuley Park would suddenly go away I would be very sad indeed as it has become an integral part of who I am and what I truly enjoy doing, (mentoring and shaping young minds)”, said Manolete, an unsung hero and someone you should know. (Manolete back row far left on all photos) -Carrie
My unsung hero is Chanetta Arnold. Why? She put her dreams on hold to raise three kids. She has a Associates in Criminal Justice she got in 2003 and didn't get a chance to use it. She recently got back in school to get her BA. She went in with a plan to help people in the community that really needed it. She really wants to start a organization that focus on having a place for those to come and learn through mentor programs, real life struggles and to show kids that raising themselves there is someone that cares. She has been doing toy drives and food drives for the last five years. She always donate to the homeless shelter Easter baskets, clothes, games, etc. recently her social group Divas in Motion (she founded in 2008) was listed as a contributor with Hospice for Christmas. They also donated 210 lbs of foods to a local church. Her heart is so big that she has blessings coming her way I feel it! She is now looking to find someone to guide her in the steps to get her up and running as a organization . Her ideas are awesome and to see her smile every time she sees a change, makes me cry. I'm thankful to be in the place I am right now. That place is seeing my mother trying to live out a dream knowing we need but making sure others have. She is my UNSUNG HERO and I love her. When someone takes the time to hear her ideas and see her face light up about her passion, I know they will want to work with her in getting something together. Thank you for giving me a chance to tell you about a HERO here in Greensboro, NC and that HERO is Chanetta Arnold, my mom! -Trevor
My son Jerry is a father of 2 wonderful kids. I gave birth to Jerry when I was a 16 year old high school student. He has grown up to become an amazing man. He is retired from the US Air Force and serves as a Firefighter in our city. He took on the role of Commissioner of the North Yonkers Knights, a football team that he played for as a child. He has coached and supervised his teams to become champions both on and off the field. He stresses hard work, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. He interacts with his players' teachers and makes sure that all of his kids are doing well in school. On Fridays, his oldest team meets and they actually get to brag about the good grades they have earned during that week. Players who do well get stickers for their helmets! Isn't it great that young, mostly minority, males are learning to be proud of being smart in the classroom! I would love for him to win this contest so that he could use the money to add additional equipment for his teams. All of the young boys and girls look up to him. He has become a role model and surrogate father for young boys who are missing that male influence at home. I invite you to go to the team’s Facebook page and see what a wonderful job he has done: www.facebook.com/IAMAKNIGHT. He has rallied parents, politicians and community members to raise money for a league that all but vanished from our city. Jerry and shown me and others that real fathers and real men can change a whole community, one boy at a time. Sincerely, Karen D. Carroll, a very proud Mom. -Karen
Mrs. Elizabeth Scott "Betty" Day (wife of trumpeter Joseph Day) 1921-2012 In 1963-64 we taught music together at Chesapeake Terrace Elementary, Baltimore County, Maryland. She was vocal, I was instrumental. Being a first-generation American from upstate NY, I didn't appreciate the significance of Mrs. Day being the first AA teacher at the school. In those days the PTA determined the theme of the Spring Musical - and they chose a Minstrel Show. Betty put her foot down - very calmly and sweetly - and there was no more talk of such a production! In June the traditional teachers' luncheon was at the Sparrows Point County Club - unbeknownst to me VERY segregated. I had thought all of that was in the history books. Betty didn't say a word, we just showed up together. You should have seen all the faces - both the other teachers and all the wait staff - priceless. She had much more patience than I. She lived her entire life improving the way for everyone who followed. -Fay
I would like to nominate Professor France Winddance Twine, sociologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara for her work in anti-racism. Her Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_Winddance_Twine -Allan
My Unsung Hero of Black History is Willie O'Ree . He was the first African American to play in the NHL. He started playing for the Boston Bruins. He sustained an eye injury and never told anyone that the injury resulted in being blind in that eye. He played his entire professional career being blind in that eye. -Lyla
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Curt Flood -WAYNE
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...The President of these United States and the First Lady: BARACK and MICHELE OBAMA. I could not be more proud of their leadership style and abilities. -Allegra
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Mr. Abraham Coles, Jr. Mr. Coles, who is now over 80 years old, was one of the first five black firemen in Columbia, SC. He worked at the Harden Street Fire Station, where he worked hard and long hours, putting out fires. He was promoted to the rank of Captain. Today, he is the only survivor of the first five black firemen in Columbia, SC and Today, if you were to visit him, he would tell you the stories of his days fighting fire with accuracy. Therefore, I submit to you the name of my unsung hero, Mr. Abraham Coles, Jr. -Pamela
My unsung hero is my mother Jestina Cupidore-Thomas-Cunningham. My mother’s life rooted my belief of the PURPOSE God created a woman. She is completely washable but is not plastic. She wears the 180 removable & replaceable parts Before she was able to walk, she ran on black coffee & leftovers Have a lap that disappears when she stands Have a kiss than cured any & everything from broken bones to lost love Have not only six pairs of hand but one hidden for prayer She has three eyes, the third eye on her forehead that sees ALL things A mother, my mother is the creature God created closest to Himself. She healed herself and others when we were sick. She fed her family of eight and others on one pound of Codfish and one pound. of Rice. She bath two & three @ a time with a bucket of water. My mother was always humble and soft, no one would believe what she endured She can think reason and compromise with little education and common sense His perfection to details created the pore to release the extra fluids that needed to be released from the stressed in the process of becoming a woman The drops of moisture called the “teardrops” that sparkled in the light And block the beauty of her eyes. The tear is the outward sign for the compassion, disappointments, joy, loneliness, pain, pride and sadness she will endure during the process to fulfill her PURPOSE of MOTHERHOOD. My mother is the ROOT that keeps the beauty & energy of our tree the trunk & branches brown, leaves green and colorful and I am thankful that woman is my mother. -JoeAnne
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Morris T. Culp Sr. Though he lost both of his parents before the age of 10, my father introduced us to Jesus Christ, he served in the US Airforce, raised 8 children, was a positive male role model and my personal HERO! I miss you dad, you're still my "Heavyweight Champ!" -Byron
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... C Whiteside-Curry (more commonly known as C Curry or simply, CiCe from Alabama to Florida to Ohio and now back to Alabama where she is presently a Mayoral Candidate for the Town or Ridgeville. She is a Community Organizer and Activist and has always strived to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone she touched. She has done this by participating in various charitable organizations in the states she has presided in. She has done extensive volunteer service with Retired Senior Volunteer Program; United Way, and is presently serving as a Neighbor Leader for President Obama's Presidental campaign. CiCe is somebody that Society needs to exist-Cryst'n, her daughter -C
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Robert Gould Shaw, commander of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War AND the entire 54th Massachusetts. -William
My Unsung Hero of Black History is my sister, Jennifer Vermont-Davis. She has dedicated her life to impoving the educational and artisitc opportunites not only for her children but all children within her reach. She has served on various educational Board of Trustees. She was an active member of Jack & Jill until her children went off to college. She runs New York Kids on Stage which gives New York youth an opportunity to indulge in and demonstrate their artistic talent. She previously served as Director for Bridgeport Kids on Stage in CT. She is continuously making a positive impact on the lives of others. -Carolyn
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... ### Revised Ulysses Lee Gooch. His parents were laborers on a large southern farm, and it was the farmstead owner's family who named him. The word Ulysses was not only hard to pronounce, it was misspelled on his eighth-grade graduation certificate. Being from Ripley, Tennessee, he welcomed a nickname later in life: Rip. Early on, his father jailed, Rip and his mother lived with a relative in an area referred to as "the bottom". It was low, flat land touching the Mississippi River where cotton grew and houses were built on stilts. At age four, his mother passed. "Not only was I living in the land referred to as the bottom, I was at the bottom of my life." Rip was a dreamer who would look into the sky from the dusty crop fields and see airplanes. He wanted to be up there and he wanted more for himself. This insightful video biography is about struggle and triumph. It is about a youngster who realized the importance of hard work and essential education, growing to become a pilot, successful businessman and Senator. It is for proudly produced for viewers of all ages. DVD run-time is 88 minutes. -Larry F.
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...any black man or woman who dedicated their lives to better the United States of America. Heroes can contribute in both huge and small ways similar to the value of money. Many pennies make a dollar and many dollars make you rich. So even if someone did just one little thing to contribute to our country, then they are "all my heroes. -Nick
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Ulysses Lee Gooch. His parents were laborers on a large southern farm, and it was the farmstead owner's family who named him. The word Ulysses was not only hard to pronounce, it was misspelled on his eighth-grade graduation certificate. Being from Ripley, Tennessee, he welcomed a nickname later in life: Rip. Early on, his father jailed, Rip and his mother lived with a relative in an area referred to as "the bottom". It was low, flat land touching the Mississippi River where cotton grew and houses were built on stilts. At age four, his mother passed. "Not only was I living in the land referred to as the bottom, I was at the bottom of my life." Rip was a dreamer who would look into the sky from the dusty crop fields and see airplanes. He wanted to be up there and he wanted more for himself. This insightful video biography is about struggle and triumph. It is about a youngster who realized the importance of hard work and essential education, growing to become a pilot, successful businessman and Senator. It is for proudly produced for viewers of all ages. DVD run-time is 88-minutes. -Ulysses Lee
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...‎'CALYPSO ROSE' THANK YOU FOR THE CHANGES YOU MADE, AND ALL THAT YOU ENDURED FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE. THE GENERATIONS OWE HOMEAGE TO YOU BEAUTIFUL, STRONG, FREEDOM FIGHTER WHO EXPRESSED HERSELF THROUGH SONG AND DANCE. MUCH RESPECT MADAME! GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU EVERSO MUCH 'MS. CALYPSO ROSE', AND WLIW WORLD FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THIS AMAZING BLACK WOMAN. -ONE LOVE- -Williemae
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Mumia Abu-Jamal -Kurt
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Mumia Abu-Jamal -Andrea
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Mumia Abu-Jamal -Anton
Lewis Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, Sammy Davis Jr., Marvin Ga,. Whitney Houston, Barry White, George Washington Caver, Ella Fitch Geral, Nat King Cole, Lewis Pasture, Booker T. Washington. -Stephen
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Al Sharton. -Ogden
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Curt Flood. He had the courage to stand up to Major League Baseball management and fight the reserve clause. Today's players owe their independence and high salaries to Mr. Flood. He is my Unsung Hero of not just Black, but American, History. -Diane
My Unsung Heros of Black History are the Tuskegee Airmen. -Tracy
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...City councilman Charles Baron. He has fought tirelessly to protect the 1.2 million children in the NYC school system. When Mayor Bloomberg appointed the magazine publisher, Kathy Black to be the schools chancellor Councilman Barron fought almost single handedly to drive her out of the system. After 3 months she resigned.Now we have Dennis Walcott, who is also unqualified and once again Councilman Baron is stepping up to the plate. -Edward
My Unsung Hero of Black History is..Elijah Muhammad and my Father Jesse "The Marathon Man" Aluqdah -priscillaa
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... DVM Berley, (d), Clarksburg, WV, and Mr. James Bailey, (retired), Clarksburg, WV. -Susan
My Unsung Hero of Black History is Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825 – 1911). -Thyais
My Unsung Hero of Black History is Lucy Stone (1818-1893). -Rhonda
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Aisha Dailey RN, is a Colorado native. She has a personal and close history to the military as she currently serves as a nurse officer in the US Army Reserves. Aisha’s nursing experience ranges from Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Emergency/Critical Care and Family Medicine. She currently works for the Department of Defense as the Clinical Nurse Officer in Charge of Robinson Family Medicine Clinic, Fort Carson, CO. This clinic serves as the source for primary care for over 7,400 Active Duty soldiers, dependents, and other beneficiaries. As part of her clinical duties, Aisha serves as a mentor, instructor, and clinical leader for her clinic and her department. She is a devoted wife and mother and seeks excellence and improvement in every effort she undertakes. -Margarita
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Mr Keith A Ratliff He is a Minister of Maple Street Baptist Church, The president of Iowa, Nebraska State Conference and he is a national board member for the NAACP. He is the founder for the Josha School for youngsters teaching religious values as well as Education. He is always in court fighting for some youngster who is in trouble and need a break. Bottom line he is a wonderful minister fighting for Justice. He is my unsung hero -Mary
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...My Father Beornored Hockenhull, Jr. He recently passed away on December 28, 2011 after battling with cancer for the third time. My father served in the Korean War Conflict where he and other soldiers were exposed to chemicals and herbicides such as Agent Orange and Agent Blue. He was in the 45th Infantry Division 189th Field Artillery Battalian, which was one of the last two infantry divisions to be intergrated. He was a Forward Observer and a driver. He helped combat the enemy and save numerous soldiers and civilian lives by reporting coordinaces of the enemies locations. He fought in hand to hand combat and saw a lot of bad things overseas, but my father was so very proud of defending his country, so much so he would have gladly served his country again. Thanks dad for teaching us to be strong and to stand up for what we believe in! -Pualani
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...My Father Beornored Hockenhull, Jr. He recently passed away on December 28, 2011 after battling with cancer for the third time. My father served in the Korean War Conflict where he and other soldiers were exposed to chemicals and herbicides such as Agent Orange and Agent Blue. He was in the 45th Infantry Division 189th Field Artillery Battalian. He was a Forward Observer and a driver. He helped combat the enemy and save numerous soldiers and civilian lives by reporting coordinaces of the enemies locations. He fought in hand to hand combat and saw a lot of bad things overseas, but my father was so very proud of defending his country, so much so he would have gladly served his country again. Thanks dad for teaching us to be strong and to stand up for what we believe in! -Pualani
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Stanley T. Richardson Sr. He has worked tirelessly in the community for 26 years to train black boys to become honorable black men. He has worked with 100s of Boys in the Chickasaw Council based in Memphis TN area Boy Scouts of America, leading dozens of them to the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout. These dozens included two of his own sons. He has been an effective and wonderful father to five children, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is now the pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in Memphis. He has led four other churches to growth and more financial stability over the last 22 years. He has been an excellent husband to me the last 26 years. -Denise
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Stanley T. Richardson Sr. -Denise
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Dr. Cleo S. Higgins, Ph.D. is a former Vice President for Academic Affairs / Dean of the Faculty of one of the 13 Historically Black Colleges in Florida. The account / story of her relationship with Bethune – Cookman College in Daytona Beach where she served 29 of the total 43 years of educational service is a fascinating and inspiring narrative on teaching, learning (from her students) and administration. Dr. Higgins met Mary McLeod Bethune upon her first visit to the college campus in January 1944 when she brought the Fessenden Academy girls' basketball team to meet and play rivals from West Palm Beach. That meeting was the first of the Icon and the Protégé. Living in Palatka, Florida for 14 years (1956-1970), Dr. Higgins was constantly inspired by Mrs. Bethune's commitment to "life long learning" which involved education of the head, the hand, and the heart – the primary images of the Bethune – Cookman College logo which was designed by Dr. Higgins in 1946 – 1947 when she was structuring the curriculum of the college's Humanities Division as its chairman. Salutatorian of the 1940 graduating class, Du Sable High School, Chicago, rewarded with a 4-year scholarship to Le Moyne College, Memphis, Tennessee where she received the B.A. in English with Highest Honor; The Master of Philosophy (Ph.M.) degree in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in English, University of Wisconsin at Madison as "Scholar in English"; The Mary McLeod Bethune Medallion for Service and Achievement (1956) – the first faculty member to receive it; Volunteer Secretary and Charter Member of the Putnam County Biracial Committee in and for Putnam County (the group which was struck into being by the late Judge P. B. Revels); Instructor of English and Humanities at St. Johns River Jr. College (1964 – 1970); "Teacher of the Year" (1965 – 1966), while serving as Adjunct Professor of Humanities for the University of Florida; The Governor's Award (Graham) for her contributions to the eventual triumphant effort to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King in St. Augustine, Florida; two years of service on the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges (Gov. Askew); Dr. Higgins is my mother whom instilled in us to always stand up for yourself. Her famous saying was “If one acts like a carpet in life then life will walk on you!” Dr. Higgins retired as Distinguished Professor Emeriti in 1988 at Bethune-Cookman College now University. Dr. Higgins is still doing what she loves teaching Americas youth. She is presently doing some voluntary tutoring of public schools and non-traditional students at the George C. Miller School for professional studies at Hastings, Florida where Dr. Higgins initiated the B-CC Continuing Education Program in 1978. Sean C. Higgins -Sean
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... MRS. FREDDIE,JEAN,CUSSEAUX;SR.; She was a resident of TAMPA, FLA. Her ocupational background was cosmotology; as-instructive outlaying prosettment;Also as a realstate Agent; Her contribution to our history; tis giving honor unto a famous civil right's advocate; Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King; Jr.By way of a annual parade;on his birthday; having a street rename in his honor; also- The installing of his birthday; as a federal holiday; -Tony
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... 2 Pac / Charels Barron -jerry
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...William Stiller, who was behind the underground railroad,who actully freed 800 and something slaves to Philly.And who also became a wealthy man afterwards, wrote a autobiography of what happen in those horrific times.Thats who Harriett went to for enlightment on the movement. THANK YOU -Tallal
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Michael Canady, Jr., aka Coach Canady. So many stories flood the airwaves about black men, particularly where they are not and what they are not doing. This is not one of those stories! Mr. Canady is a middle school educator who wakes up every day ready to engage his students, mentor others and encourage his colleagues. He is so much to so many...teacher, mentor, volunteer, teammate, son, uncle, brother--and to me--husband and best friend. -Tisa
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... I donate Mother Rosa Parks! -Essie
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...My mother. She is always putting others first. She is the most thoughtful person I know and love. I'm soo blessed to have her as a mom. I love you with all my heart Ma!!! -Keesha
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Clara Mae Shephard Luper -don
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...the first African American to be elected in the tri-county (Santa Barbara, Ventura, SLO). Bedford Pinkard was elected to the Oxnard Union High School District when it included Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Camarillo and Oxnard. He was also elected as the first African American to be elected to the Oxnard City County when the African American population is only 3% of the city population. He is know by everyone to be a fair person and is loved and respected by all nationalities in the city. He was a supervisor for the Oxnard Parks and Recreation Department and served as a father and role model for many of the youth at the time who are voting adults today. He is the founder of the Martin Luther King Committee of Ventura County and the Black American Political Association of California, Ventura County. He has mentored many in the City and County and encouraged even more to get involved. He is my unsung hero as well as many in the City of Oxnard. -Irene
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Ken Mitchell, retired teacher from McKeesport High School near Pittsburgh, PA. Ken is a brilliant, caring man who spent his entire career in service to students and his community. He was my teacher in the early 70's and taught my kids in the 90's and early 2000's. He never lost his enthusiam and I am sure that the job never got easier over the years (at least he never showed it!) -Ella
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...The Honorable Marcus Garvey -Andre
Benny LatimoreMy Unsung Hero of Black History is... -Nona
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Curt Flood, the sacrificial lamb for free agency. He sacrificed his professional and personal life to make a much needed change in "the system." Yet, he is still not in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Flood's decision to risk it all for what is right makes him a hero...not just for me, but for all Americans! -Susan
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...The Honorable Elijah Mohammed and Imam Warithudeen Mohammed -PAUL
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... My mom, she rocks! I want to be just like her. Shrisma Smith - Inventor/Designer of the World's 1st Civil Rights/Ethnic Flag entitled, "From Rosa to Obama". It's the first flag of its kind to be inducted into the Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum (Montgomery, Alabama). This original-handcrafted flag is now on disply in the Children's wing. My mom left our family a legacy and she's not even gone yet! ~Heaven Taylor 10 yrs. old -Heaven
My Unsung Hero of Black History --out of 39 million soldiers that have served in the military in all American history approximately 3464 have recieved the Nations highest award-The Congressional Medal of Honor-88 awrds were given to 87 different Af.Am(1 twice)----there is only 1 living African-American recipient--Clarence Sasser for his service in Vietnam in 1968 -Dominick
a black veteran, served 3 branches of the military started out in us airforce,served usarmy national guard reserves, us navy. helped with local efforts to improve communities locally,stateside anad abroad.author,extra actress.in the face of adversity has still prevailed.if accepted is also an ordained ministerand doctor of arts.new book is business ideas to make a million dollars and a cooking magic cookbook coming up. -joyce
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Malcom X -Putney
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Arthur Wilson 1923 and Mary Washington 1943, the Chicago's first black male and female CPAs. First CPA 1921 was John W. Cromwell Jr. New Hampshire. Book: A White Collar Profession (read The Whitest Profession chapter 1) – African American Certified Public Accountants since 1921 -Ludella
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Mrs Bobbie Fowlkes Davis. Bobbie created The Underground Reading Station Bookstore at Second Baptist Church, Detroit(which was a stop pn the UGRR). She did an excellent job of collecting pertinent resources and working with the historical society, has led thousands of visitors on a very informative tour; "riding on the freeedom train". She has helped countless students of ALL ages to an enlightened awareness of this vital aspect of our history. -Bobbie Fowlkes
Mrs. Michelle Obama and Opera Winfrey. -Arvella
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Edith J. Ingram,the first black elected Probate Judge in the Unithed States. Hancock County,Georgia -Robert
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Rev. Dr. C.T Vivian -Barbara
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... President Obama he has got to be the most humble person on earth to put up with all the "bigotry and hatred" of the GOP(Gallions of Posion)and remain the Gracious Man he is. -Marvin
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Thirman Milner, the first African American Mayor in New England - Hartford Connecticut. -Sharon
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Don Cornelius for his VISIONARY, FINANCIAL, ECONOMIC GENIUS, that the African-American community(in general) didn't pick up on. -Dakar
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Kim Allen. She has been working tirelessly in the state of Virginia to prevent voter photo ID bills from passing into law during the current session. These bills are reminescent of Jim Crow, where poll taxes, literacy tests and other mechanisms were utilized to keep blacks and other racial minorities from voting. As coordinator of the "Protect Our Vote VA" campaign she has spent countless hours in the past month and a half mobilizing citizens in Virginia against these bills. -Allen
My Unsung Hero of Black History is Aaron Henry, Mississippi State Conference NAACP President for at least 20 years. The work and sacrifice he gave are too numerous to note. But, check his history as one of the more functional and hardworking leaders in Mississippi during the most turbelent times. He also co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democrat Party of Mississippi. you may know the story ..., Submitted by, Walt Gardner -Walt
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...President Barack Obama is my unsung hero, because he is doing and outstanding job as President of the U.S. Where is the NAACP when it come to speaking up and out for our fisrt black president. The president of the NAACP is the worst yet. Most people feel the NAACP is no longer relevant. You either need to get a new progressive president or end the orginization. By the way what is the NAACP doing about voting suppression? Marching is not going to get the people what they need to vote, what is the NAACP plan share it with us, again are you relevant. -Carolyn
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...James Hollins. Coach, mentor, leader, activist and so much more! Thank you! -Sherra
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Brother Willimans Murphy work on committee which managed to collect $18,000 in 1992 provide equipment to help Kids CaridiacLife support to South Africa. -Robert
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Rosa Parks, coretta Scott King, and Ethel Hedgman Lyle -Lakia
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, and Ethel Hedgman Lyle, -Lakia
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Booker T. Washington. Whenever I think about the challenges facing our race, especially welfare dependency, I wish people can read a book called "Up From Slavery" by this hero, and learn from our past challenges. -Tulinabo
My Unsung Hero of Black History is Headmaster Dr. Terry Flowers of St. Philip's School and Community Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Flowers has worked tiredlessly in educating thousands of kids throughout the years. He has worked to build South Dallas Community to a better and safer place to live, work and do business. -Chioma
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... Rev. Dr.Howard Thurman. He was one of the greatest preachers in the nation. In 1936 Thurman Led the first African American delegation to meet with Mahatma Gandhi and become an advocate of inspiring many in the American struggle for civil rights movement, he didn't do it alone in addition to colleagues, foot soldiers and supporters. He had mentors to whom he turned for direction. One of them was the Rev.Dr.Howard Thurman, ho also guided and mentored was born in 1899 and died on April 10-1981. He was an influential American author philosopher theologian educator and civil rights leader at Howard University and Baston University for more then two decades in 1944 Rev,Thurman co-founded the church for the fellowship of all people's. The United States first multicultural interfaith congregation in San Francisco California. -Minster, Katie
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman. -Katie
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Ernest L. Doyle He was one of the Courage Eight of Selma, Alabama. He was also a politician and public figure. He served as the first publicly announced Black Councilman since Reconstruction time. prior to this official appointment, Mr Doyle was President of the NAACP in Selma for a number of years. Nine of those years, under Gov. George Wallace. It was unlawful to organize such organization. Dispute this fact, Mr Doyle maintained the required twenty-five members in good standing. (for more information contact below) -Carolyn T.
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...My sister--Noel Williams, the president of the Columbus, Ohio NAACP Branch. She has taken the local NAACP branch from the 19th century to the 21st century. Noel has updated the local branch office with computers, wireless internet, fax machine, copiers, senior volunteer staffing, painted the office, put African American based artwork on display and most importantly increase the visibility of the local branch here in Columbus, Ohio. Noel Williams, is my unsung SHEROE!! -C
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...MICHAEL JACKSON -Maria
My Unsung Hero of Black History is Michael Jackson -MARIA
My Unsung Hero of Black History is... President Barack Obama, Michele Obama, Oprah Winfrey -Martha
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...All the African American Nurses, Nurses aids, African American Staff at the Faulkner Hospital in Boston. I was there as a patient January, 2011. Even though I can not remember any one of them by name, I think of them often. Will never forget their kindness, how well they looked after me. -Ruth
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Mr. Howard L. Shelf of 3410 Foxbriar Lane, Cibolo, Texas (Tel: 210-846-3353). Howard has made military history as one of the first Blacks to serve as an Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, one of the highest enlisted ranks, previously reserved for "whites only". He has been a Trailblazer and a way maker of Black Progress in pursuing ways to advance economic opportunity, social equality and cultural enrichment for himself and others of his community, when there appeared to be no way ! -Bill
My Unsung Hero of Black History is......L.E.(MICHEAL)JOHNSON, U.S.M.C. Retired ,MONTFORD POINT MARINES. ASS. INC , retired LA.P.D. ,And for his tireless work with inter-ciy childrenn. Micheal thank you for your. Service -judy
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Harry Belafonte -Patricia
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Hank Thomas, one of the original thirteen Freedom Riders of the 1961 Freedom Ride. He was on the fire-bombed Greyhound bus that wss outside of Anniston, Alabama, where the Riders were nearly killed. After healing from his wounds, both physical and psychological, he rejoined the Freedom Ride and was arrested in Jackson, Mississippi where he spent time in Parchman Prison. Before joining the original 13 Freedom Riders who left Washington, D.C on May 4, 1961 with a Southern itiniary that was intented to take them to Louisiana, Thomas had worked as a civil rights activist in Tennessee, where he tried to gain fair political and economic treatment for blacks. After the Freedom Ride, he later joined the U.S. military and saw action in Viet Nam where his heroic actions were recognized with the granting of the Purple Heart. Today, Hank Thomas lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is a very successful businessman who owns hotels and restaurants. He is a former Howard University student and civil rights activist who continues to work in order to improve the lives of others. Photo will be provided, if candidate is chosen. Thank you. -Dorothy
My Unsung Hero of Black History is...Mr.Gerard Alston He in his lifetime,had many difficult exchanges dealing with life on lifes terms, yet he overcame all of his obstacles then he ret to help many other people in his community of Washington,DC. He mentored, guided with love and spirit we dont see so much in people today. He passed away recently,crossed over but will never be forgotten for his inspiration, strenth & hope he imparted to the people who knew him or had a chance to sit down with him,listen to his philosophy on how to live a better life and reach back to help someone els with no strings attached...he is my unsung hero. Thank you Mr. Gerard Alston, Washington DC -John 'Poochie'