Though ignored at the time, history has discovered the true contributions of Matthew Henson, the co-discoverer of the North Pole along with Rear Admiral Robert Perry. Read more
More than just a celebrated athlete, Jesse Owens took his country on his shoulders and shocked the world winning four gold medal in the 1939 Berlin Olympic Games. Read more
Johnny Bright was one of the greatest offensive players in college football and Canadian Football League history but he is most widely remembered for being a victim of one of the worst racially motivated dirty plays in collegiate sports and the impact that it made on the game. Read more
Wendell Scott was a pioneer in the sport of auto racing as the first Black full-time driver on the NASCAR circuit. Acting as a driver and his own mechanic he gained the admiration of fans and fellow drivers through his grit and determination to be successful in a sport deeply-entrenched in the Jim Crow south. Read more
One of the foremost figures of the Civil Right Movement, Maya Angelou was a true visionary writer and performer who changed the landscape of the both the literary, political, and cultural world, and whose legacy will forever resonate with people around the world. Read more
Nina Simone was one of the foremost singer/songwriters and Civil Right activists of her generation, revolutionizing the music genre as well as the African-American voice. Read more
This podcast focuses on a pioneering scientist Percy Julian.
Percy Julian had a huge impact with his work in the field of chemistry, developing synthetic hormones to provide affordable health remedies. Read more
Percy Julian should be a name known to all of society for the contributions he made to the field of science. His research and development of synthetic compounds made him one of the most significant contributors to science and health care in the 20th century. Read more
Just added a new podcast on the great baseball hero Hank Aaron. Listen to the podcast here.
We’ve add a new podcast for the great Black politician Adam Clayton Powell. Listen to the podcast here.
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Welcome to Great Black Heroes. This site looks as many of the Black heroes in the course of history, pioneers and ground breakers in different fields. Many have gone unrecognized for their contributions, but their significance is now being rediscovered. Join us in recognizing these Great Black Heroes.
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