“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”Harriet Tubman
This year’s theme for Black History month is “African Americans and the Vote.” 2020, an important general election year, is also a landmark year for voting rights. 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave black men the right to vote following the Civil War.
Homo sapiens idaltu (Afar: Idaltu; “elder” or “first born”), also called Herto Man, is the name given to a number of early modern human fossils found in 1997 in Herto Bouri, Ethiopia. They date to around 160,000 years ago. The fossils represent the probable immediate ancestors of anatomically modern humans; the fossil evidence from Omo-Kibish and Herto establishes that modern human morphology does indeed initially appear in Africa.
Homo sapien, which means “wise man” in Latin, is the term used for modern-day humans. The genus Homo consists of a few species, including homo erectus and homo habilis. Homo sapiens are the only living member species today. Homo sapiens have been traced back over 315,000 years to Africa.
Octavia Estelle Butler was an African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Butler was born in Pasadena, California. After her father died, she was raised by her widowed mother.
John Henrik Clarke was an African-American historian, professor, and a pioneer in the creation of Pan-African and Africana studies, and professional institutions in academia starting in the late 1960s. The New York Times called him a self-made and angry man.
Benjamin Elijah Mays, an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader, is credited with laying the intellectual foundations of the Civil Rights Movement. Mays taught and mentored: Martin Luther King Jr, Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson and others. He was the 6th President of Morehouse College for almost thirty years.
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*Please excuse the links to these events as they are a poor telling of the harrowing events in which people, albeit black, were carelessly murdered for nothing more than being alive.