The Top 5 Most Influential People, Past & Present-That continues to Shape our Black History

Martin was a social activist and Baptist Preacher who was very instrumental in the civil rights movement. He used the non-violent approach during the 50s and 60s to create change.

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Harriett Tubman

Known  as the Moses of the black people. Harriett Tubman was born into slavery. After fearing that she was about to be sold, she escaped and made it to Philadelphia in1849. Harriett became the conductor of the Underground Railroad, risking her life to free slaves. she freed over 300 slaves on her own. never losing a passenger.The Underground Railroad in total freed over 100,00 slaves. Harriett died from Pneumonia on March 10, 1913. She was 93 years old.

Malcolm x

Malcolm X was one of the most famous Muslims of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm’s philosophy to black people to protect themselves against the white aggressors at the time was “by any means necessary.” His speeches and teachings influenced autonomy and independence for African Americans. After a trip to Mecca, he sought to bring all races to work together. Unfortunately, he never got to see his plan through. Malcolm was brutally assassinated on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom while attempting to give a speech.

Martin Luther King  Jr.

Martin was a social activist and Baptist Preacher who was very instrumental in the civil rights movement. He used the non-violent approach during the 50s and 60s to create change. He strived to end segregation and worked hard to receive legal equality for blacks.He gave one of the greatest speeches ever at Lincoln Memorial in Washington on August 28, 1963. He was heavy into organizing the bus boycotts. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis TN. He has a federal holiday named after him that is honored on the third Monday of January each year.

Huey P. newton

Huey was a black revolutionary and CoFounder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. He initiated the Ten Point Program, which called for better jobs, housing, and education for blacks all across America.The Black Panther party had 38 chapters and branches across the United States during his time. He organized many social service programs for the black community including starting the free breakfast for children program. The Black Panther party influenced many black organizations that we see today. Huey was shot and killed on August 22, 1989.

Barack Obama

Barack is the first black President of the United States. He served two terms. During his time in office, he accomplished a lot of things such as digging the country out of the worst recession ever. He also started the affordable care act so that everyone could have medical insurance. During his presidency, he was instrumental in killing Bin Laden, who was responsible for launching the attacks of 9/11. President Obama ended the war in Iraq and signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. There are so many amazing things that he did, that there are too many to name. President Barack Obama will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents that we had.

Photo credits:

Malcolm x pic credited by Getty Images

Harriett Tubman pic credited by womenshistory.org

Martin Luther King Jr. pic credited by Chanel Hill

Huey P. Newton pic credited by Richard AokiBarack

Obama pic credited by Pete Souza

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