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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Who is the greatest Black person?

MLK is perhaps the world's most famous person of color.
He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.
"I believe... that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their tired bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits." --- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When determining who is the greatest Black person, you probably make a choice based on what you were taught in school.  Many Americans deem Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as making the most valuable contribution to the world.

"He was scorned, spat upon, and slain. If America could not accept Dr. King, then many felt that no black person in America was safe."---Charles Vert Willie, fellow Morehouse classmate

Many other Blacks have been named for being first, best, fearless, innovative, and courageous.

U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama (1961 - ) is the first commander-in-chief who happens to be Black.

First Lady Michelle Robinson Obama (1964 -) is the first Black woman married to a U.S. president to live in the White House.

Aliko Dangote (April 1957 - ) is a Nigerian commodities dealer who Forbes Magazine declares is the richest Black man in the world, with net worth of $25 billion.

South Africa, the Good News photo

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a South African lawyer who was jailed for decades and later became president of South Africa.

Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) planned to sit in her seat on an Alabama bus as a means of protest and started a boycott that would change the segregated U.S. South.

George Washington Carver (1864 - 1943), a scientist noteworthy for taking the peanut and making several foods stuffs, was the only Black person I was taught about in middle school.  My ninth grade History teacher took me outside the classroom and said to me only, "Carver was a credit to his race."

Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743 – 1803), a Haitian military genius, was instrumental in leading a revolt that challenged slavery in the New World.

Alexander Puskin (1799 – 1837) , poet, is known for revolutionizing Russian literature and was the only Black Russian mentioned at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Catholic Online photo
Saint Moses the Black (330–405) was an Egyptian monk who was martyred after refusing to resist invaders.

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