10 Little-Known Black History Figures Who Made A Big Change
Celebrate Black History with a little bit of knowledge.
1. A. Philip Randolph
3. Percy Lavon Julian
4. Myrlie Evers-Williams
Born Myrlie Louise Beasley, Williams was wife to NAACP staffer Medgar Evers, who was murdered by a white supremacist in 1963. She later became a chairperson of the NAACP and then helped to restore the organization to its previous glory. In 2013, she delivered the invocation for President Barack Obama's second inauguration.
5. Matthew Alexander Henson
6. Fannie Lou Hamer
7. Lewis Latimer
Lewis Latimer was an inventor who is credited for greatly improving the filament in Thomas Edison's lightbulb, helping it to last much longer than Edison's original design. Additionally, Latimer was very involved in the design for the original telephone, working with Alexander Graham Bell to help draft a patent.