This February marks Black History Month, a whole month dedicated to celebrating the achievements of African-American U.S citizens and to appreciate their contributions to society. Black History Month is celebrated annually in February and is officially recognized by the United States Government.
In order to celebrate this upcoming month, the Saber Slate decided to acknowledge some of the most important African-American U.S citizens throughout history in order to show appreciation. Without further ado, here are two of the most famous and influential African-American U.S citizens that deserve to be celebrated this February.
- Rosa Parks
Perhaps one of the most famous African-American civil rights activists in history, Rosa Parks is best known for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger during a time where African-Americans were segregated and expected to put white people above themselves. This caused her to be arrested by local police. The people of Montgomery, Alabama (Where she refused to give up her seat) then decided to start a city-wide boycott of racial segregation on buses, leading the city of Montgomery to officially lift the law requiring segregation on public transportation. Because of her actions, Rosa Parks sparked a boycott against segregation and was admired by many for years to come due to her bravery.
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” – Rosa Parks
2. Martin Luther King Jr.
Most famous for his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed over 250,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C on August 28th, 1963. He had done other civil rights work in the past, such as being involved in bus boycotts due to racial segregation. Because of his speech, Martin Luther King Jr. received the title of Man of the Year in Time Magazine in 1963 and received a Nobel Peace Prize (He donated over $50,000 in prize money to civil rights causes). However, because of his involvement in protests for civil rights, he was arrested over 20 times in his lifetime and eventually was assassinated in April 1968. Still, his words and his fight for equality made him into a world figure and he is still recognized for his actions today.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Of course, there are many other African American people who deserve to be celebrated this February that are not covered in this article. Many websites can be found about Black History Month through a quick Google search if you are looking for more information.
Rosa Parks. (2016, February 18). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from http://www.biography.com/people/rosa-parks-9433715
Martin Luther King Jr. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2017, from http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html