Every February, we expect to see a spotlight on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman. These remarkable trailblazers should be celebrated, but there are many more heroes and sheroes we don’t often hear about. Check out some of them below, and learn more from the fantastic resources in our collection.

Five Black Heroes & Sheroes You Should Know
Claudette Colvin

Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin did the same thing and was arrested for it.

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Five Black Heroes & Sheroes You Should Know

Ralph Bunche

In addition to being a civil rights activist, Ralph Bunche was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and one of the leaders who contributed to creating the United Nations.

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Five Black Heroes & Sheroes You Should Know

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

Educator and founder of Bethune-Cookman University, Mary McLeod Bethune, started the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training Institute for Negro Girls with only $1.50. She successfully grew her school from six to 250 students in just two years.

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Five Black Heroes & Sheroes You Should Know

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker was a surveyor, farmer, mathematician and self-taught astronomer known for creating one of the country’s first almanacs and building a clock out of wood.

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Five Black Heroes & Sheroes You Should Know

Dr. Patricia Bath

Ophthalmologist and laser scientist Dr. Patricia Bath revolutionized the field by discovering and inventing a new device and technique for cataract surgery.

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