Welcome to Great Black Heroes

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.

 

Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Nina Simone was one of the foremost singer/songwriters and Civil Right activists of her generation, revolutionizing the music genre as…
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Percy Julian

Percy Julian

Percy Julian should be a name known to all of society for the contributions he made to the field of…
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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. loomed as a giant in the Black community of Harlem, not only as the pastor of…
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Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron is acknowledged as one of the greatest hitters to every play in Major League Baseball and owner many…
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Sam Lacy

Sam Lacy

Sam Lacy was a pioneer in the field of sports reporting, giving a voice to the hopes, thoughts and dreams…
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Wendell Smith

Wendell Smith

Wendell Smith was a pioneer in the field of sports, acting as the voice of Black America in fighting against…
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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Many remember Rosa Parks simply as a woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus but her…
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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has lived the American Dream, overcoming hardship and diversity to become one of the largest media figures in…
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Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige is remembered with fondness as one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. His life was…
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Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson was one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century, but it was her dignity in the face…
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Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was a pioneer and innovator in the field of aviation, both as an African-American and as a woman….
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Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves is a legend of the west, one of the first Black lawmen in the region and one of…
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Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker is a name that is synonymous with the 1920s cultural high life. She lived in a time of…
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Doris Miller

Doris Miller

The story of Doris Miller has been glamorized in motion pictures, but few know the real story of the Black cook who became a hero during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. is remembered for many things: Being the first Black Air Force General, leading the Tuskegee Airmen flight squadron and standing up to the military establishment in advancing the cause of Black soldiers. More than that, he is a symbol of the ability of a Black man to preserver through obstacles on the path towards excellence.

Joe Louis

Joe Louis

Joe Louis, as much as anyone from his era, carried the hopes and dreams of the Black race on his…
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Larry Doby

Larry Doby

Larry Doby is forever viewed as number two, the second Black player and the second Black manager in modern Major League Baseball but this should not obscure his Hall of Fame career nor the struggles he endured.

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was one of the most celebrated and respected writers/poets of the Harlem Renaissance and was a fore bearer of great authors of the Black Experience.

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall is known as the first Black Justice of the United States Supreme Court but he is really defined by his work as a civil rights lawyer which redefined life in the United States.

William Hastie

William Hastie

William Hastie had one of the most distinguished careers as an earlier Black political pioneer but today remains unknown to most Americans. As a politician, an educator and a jurist, Hastie made inroads and left a legacy that is hard to match in history.

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain is universally recognized as one of the greatest basketball players in history, but he may well be the most under-rated players in history.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

Perhaps one of the most amazing and inspirational figures to spring up not only in African American culture but in…
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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson is known as the man who broke the color line in baseball but his accomplishment on and off…
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Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy

Although the name Elijah McCoy may be a mystery to most people, the scale of his ingenuity and the quality of his creations have created a level of distinction which bears his name.

Jan Matzeliger

Jan Matzeliger

Often the greatest inventions are those which simplify necessary tasks. Such is the case with Jan Matzeliger, the man who…
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Lewis Latimer

Lewis Latimer

Lewis Latimer is considered one of the ten most important Black inventors of all time, not only for the sheer…
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Fred Jones

Fred Jones

Fred McKinley Jones is certainly one of the most significant Black inventors ever based on the sheer number of inventions…
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Lloyd Hall

Lloyd Hall

Lloyd Hall made  significant contributions to society by developing new methods of food preservation and sterilization which eliminated spoilage and health…
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Charles Drew

Charles Drew

Charles Drew was one of those exceptional individuals who seemed to excel at everything he did and  would go on…
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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was born in 1860 in Diamond Grove, Missouri and in spite of earlier issues would advance to…
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