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Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson - greatblackheroes.com

Though ignored at the time, history has discovered the true contributions of Mathew Henson, the co-discoverer of the North Pole along with Rear Admiral Robert Perry. Read more

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Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. - Great Black Heroes

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. loomed as a giant in the Black community of Harlem, not only as the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, but also as a community activist and the first African-American to represent New York in the United States House of Representatives. Read more

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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 the first Black heroes of the era. Read more

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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. Read more

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Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. and Edward Gleed - Great Black Heroes

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 persevere through obstacles on the path towards excellence. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more