11 Great People you Weren’t Taught About in School

Extensive list on countless sites highlight inventors, queens, kings, and master teachers as historical figures that the general public should be aware of. Unfortunately, many of the following heroes continue to be omitted from the majority of those lists.

John P. Parker

Part Harriet Tubman, part George Washington Carver, the remarkable John P. Parker was not only a brilliant inventor and successful businessman, but he was also a fearless freedom crusader who was highly successful liberating enslaved Africans. More on John P. Parker...

Juan Caballo

More commonly known as John Horse, Juan Caballo was a fearless freedom crusader who fought for the liberation of his people in 19th century Spanish Florida during the Black Seminole Revolt. Caballo was instrumental in negotiating a peace treaty, with the United States government, which granted the freedom crusaders safe passage to the west. More on Juan Caballo...

Merit Ptah

As an early physician in Ancient Kemet (circa 2700 BCE), Merit Ptah, who could very well be described as the Mother of Medicine, predates the famous Imhotep by half a century. More on Merit Ptah...

Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña

Victory in the 2008 U.S. presidential election gave Barack Obama the title of First Black President of the United States, but he wasn’t the first black president of the Americas...that title belongs to Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña. Saldaña was a general during the Mexican War before becoming the 2nd president of Mexico. More on Saldaña...

Manuel Raimundo Querino

Described by one historian as “the W.E.B. DuBois of Brazil”, Querino was the first person of African descent to write about Brazilian history. More on Querino...

Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins

Founder and editor of The Colored American Magazine (one of the most significant journals of the early 20th century), Hopkins is also credited with writing one of the first Black mystery novels and writing one of the earliest-known literary treatments of enslaved Africans escaping to freedom. More on Hopkins...

Elizabeth Jennings Graham

Over 100 years before Rosa Parks or Claudette Colvin, Elizabeth Jennings sued a New York railroad company and forced them to desegregate. More on Jennings-Graham...

Oscar Devereaux Micheaux

Micheaux was an early 20th-century filmmaker who produced over 40 films in a 30 year period. Micheaux’s “Within Our Gates” was a response to D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation”. More on Micheaux...

Hubert Henry Harrison

As a writer, educator, and human rights advocate, Hurbert Harrison influenced other great thinkers such as A. Phillip Randolph, John G. Jackson, and Marcus Garvey among others. More on Harrison...

Henry Edwin Baker

Every “Black History Month” a list of black inventors gets dusted off and the contributions of Blacks to the industrialization of America are proclaimed all across the country. Many of those inventors would be buried in the graveyard of forgotten history if it hadn’t been for Henry Edwin Baker, who was the first person to chronicle the patents of America’s Black inventors. More on Baker...

Charles Richard Patterson

Dedicated to his family and a successful entrepreneur, Charles Patterson manufactured an automobile in 1902 called the Patterson-Greenfield. More on Patterson...


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