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February is the official Black History Month but our (his)story is relevant throughout the year. It's good to have a reminder, a focal point that rejuvenates our inspiration. That focal point is like the sun, a ball of concentrated energy that radiates, warms, enlightens, nourishes and revives life millions of miles away. That's why whatever month it may be I've pulled together some of the rays that have shone forth from that brilliant sphere called Black History. This is just a start. I plan to add more and if there is someone you feel is noteworthy enough to be listed here let me know

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Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen

Publications

Red Tails: The Tuskegee Airmen and Operation Halyard:An All-New Update for The Forgotten 500

Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II (Oxford Oral History Series)

The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History: 1939-1949

Tuskegee Airmen on the Web

Recy Taylor

Recy Taylor

Nationality

African American

Publications

Equal justice under law by Earl Conrad

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance-- A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire

Recy Taylor on the Web

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Nationality

African American

Publications

Who Was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough

If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold

Rosa Parks: A Life by Douglas G. Brinkley

Rosa Parks on the Web

Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius

Nationality

African American

Publications

A Critical History of Soul Train on Television by Christopher P. Lehman

Don Cornelius on the Web

Hannibal the Carthaginian

Hannibal the Carthaghian

Nationality

Carthaginian

Publications

World's Great Men of Color, Volume I: Asia and Africa, and Historical Figures Before Christ, Including Aesop, Hannibal, Cleopatra, Zenobia, Askia the Great, and Many Others by J. A. Rogers and Joel Augustus Rogers

Hannibal on the Web

Idlewild

Idlewild

Location

Yates Township, Michigan

Publications

Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan (MI) (Images of America) by Ronald J. Stephens

Idlewild on the Web

The Exodusters

The Exodusters

Publications

Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction by Nell Irvin Painter

The St. Louis African American Community and the Exodusters by Bryan M. Jack

The Exodusters: The Man From Texas by Nick Jones

The Exodusters on the Web

Vernin Johns

Vernon Johns

Nationality

African American

Publications

He was the father of the Civil Rights Movement yet I cannot find any writings by him in print. However here are some websites:

The Life and Times of the Prophet Vernon Johns

Johns the Baptist

The Vernon Johns Story ~ a movie

Oberlin College

Ralph E. Luker Dovumenting Vernon Johns

Vernon Johns on the Web

Steven Biko

Steven Biko

Nationality

South African

Publications

Biko - Cry Freedom by Donald woods

Steve Biko Black Consciousness in South Africa by Steven Biko

The Testimony of Steve Biko by Steve Biko

Steven Biko (Changing Our World) by Diane Sansevere-Dreher

Steven Biko on the Web

Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Nationality

African American

Publications

The Collected Poems of Nikki Giovanni by Nikki Giovanni

Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni

Hip Hop Speaks to Children with CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience) by Nikki Giovanni

Ego Tripping and Other Poems for Young People by Nikki Giovanni

The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni by Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni on the Web

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Haki Madhubuti

Nationality

African American

Publications

Black Men, Obsolete, Single, Dangerous: The African American Family in Transition by Haki Madhubuti

YellowBlack: The Firs 21 Years of a Poet's Life by Haki Madhubuti

African-Centered Education: Its Value, Importance and Necessity in the Development of Black Children by Haki Madhubuti

Enemies: The Clash of Race by Haki Madhubuti

Haki Madhubuti on the Web

Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka

Nationality

African American

Publications

Transbluesency: The Selected poems of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jobes by Amiri Baraka et al

Tales of the Out & the Gone by Amiri Baraka

The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones by Amiri Baraka

Home: Social Essays by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)

Amiri Baraka on the Web

Chancellor Wililams

Chancellor Williams

Nationality

African American

Publications

Destruction of Black Civiliztion by Chancellor Williams

The Rebirth of African Civiliztion by Chancellor Williams

Chanellor Williams on the Web

Aonia Sanchez

sonia Sanchez

Nationality

African American

Publications

Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected poems by Sonia Sanchez

Homegirls and Handgrenades by Sonia Sanchez

Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums bySonia Sanchez

Does Your House Have Lions by Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez on the Web

Leopold Senghor

Leopold Senghor

Nationality

Senegalese

Publications

The Collected Poetry by Leopold Senghor and Melvin Dixon

Leopold Sedat Senghor: From Politics to Poetry by William Kluback

Leopold Sedat Senghor and the Politics of Negritude by Irving Leonard Markovitz

Black, French and African: A Life of Léopold Sedat Senghor

Leopold Senghor on the Web

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Nationality

African American

Publications

Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye by David Ritz

Marvin Gaye My Brother by Frankie Gaye

Listen

This player includes:
Ain't No Mountain High enough
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing (Live)
Ain't That Peculiar
Got to Give it Up
How Sweet it Is
If This world Were Mine
I Heard it Through the GrapeVine
Inner City Blues
Let's Get it On
Mercy Me
Sexual Healing
What's Going Onbrp> Your Precious Love

Marvin Gaye on the Web

Dambista Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

Nationality

Zambian

Publications

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo

Dead Aid: Destroying the Biggest Global Myth of Our Time by Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo on the Web

Oscar Brown Jr.

Oscar Brown, Jr.

Nationality

African American

Publications

What It Is: Poems and Opinions of Oscar Brown Jr. by Oscar Brown Jr.

Elegy (Plain Black Boy) Sheet Music Inscribed By Gwendolyn Brooks by GwendolynBrooks and Oscar Brown, Jr.

Rags and Old Iron "Aigs Ol' I-on" (Recorded by Oscar Brown Jr. on Columbia, and by Tennessee Ernie Ford on Capitol) by Jr. Lyric-Oscar Brown and Jr. and Norman Curtis

Oscar Brown Jr.s Joy. A musical come-together, etc. [Words and music by O. Brown and others. With portraits.] by Oscar Brown

Oscar Brown Jr. on the Web

Haold Lee Rush

Harold Lee Rush

Nationality

African American

Publications

MYSTORY: The Original Harold Lee Rush (USA Version) by Harold Lee Rush Jr

POETSTREET (Original) by Harold Lee Rush

Blackland.org

I Am Black Chicago

Harold Lee Rush on the Web

Michael Jackson

Nationality

African american

Publications

Dancing the Dream: Poems and Reflections by Michael Jackson

Moon Walk by Michael Jackson

Listen

17 songs on 3 players

ABC, Dancing Machine, I Want You Back, I'll Be There, Just a Little Bit of You, Mama's Pearl

Ben, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Never Can Say Goodbye, Off the Wall, The Love You Save, Who's Loving You

Beat It, Got to be TThere, Rock With You, Shake Your Body Down to the Ground, Wanna be Startin Something

Michael Jackson