For the black race, black history month is celebrated on a regular basis, but the month of February is recognized to embrace and uplift black culture, as well as her historical and contemporary monumental figures all around the globe. As we enter the final lap of this celebration, it is important we celebrate individuals whose lives are worth emulating.
There are some black history makers who paved the way for better posterity. Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Madam C.J. Walker are a few revered individuals who have been tremendously influential in the developmental history of the black race.
Maya Angelou was only known as a poet. For the days she wasn’t playing with the pen she would be outside fighting for the rights of others. She was a fervent civil rights activist and wrote a memoir in 1969, which won her an award, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” comprising of numerous poems and essays. Angelou’s acclaimed memoir was the first non-fiction bestseller by a Black woman . Angelou’s collection of poetry also includes “And Still I Rise,” which featured “Phenomenal Woman,” “I Shall Not Be Moved,” and many more. Maya won numerous awards, but her legacy was nothing to compare her literary feats, as her impact will continue to transcend and shape generations to come and the ones to come.
James Baldwin, known to be a novelist fearlessly wrote about race, sexuality and humanity during a time when Black voices were being muted. Famous for his novel, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” Baldwin also penned groundbreaking essays such as “Notes of a Native Son” and “The Fire Next Time.” The
Harlem -born writer took literary risks, combating social issues, enabling other writers who came after him to be valiant when sharing their speaking through their paper for the world to read and hear.
Entrepreneur and self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker changed the trajectory of Black hair care, developing products for Black women suffering from hair loss. Though born as a slave, Walker had a larger goals for herself. After creating a scalp disorder causing her to lose a large portion of her hair, Walker started using self-medication and store-bought hair care products in hopes of reversing or enhancing the condition of her hair. After getting her formula, she opened a factory in 1908, as well as a beauty academy in Pittsburgh. After two years, in 1910, Walker shifted her business to Indianapolis where she recorded major success, making profits equivalent to several millions of dollars.
In other words, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and Madam C.J. Walker are three Black history makers that you should never forget about.