I heard of Paul Revere, John Hancock and Sam Adams, I never heard of Crispus Attucks, Salem Poor or Peter Salem.
I heard of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren. I never heard of Phyllis Wheatley.
I heard of Alan Shepard and John Glenn. I never heard of Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson or Dorothy Vaughan.
I heard of Dr. Benjamin Rush and Dr. James Salk. I never heard of Dr. Daniel Williams.
I could go on and on, but I hope you get my point.
I encourage you this month to do some searches on Google or at the library. Learn about some of these people – or others.
And read one or two of these books to better understand others different than you.
- Red Summer, the Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter
- Forever Free, the Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction by Eric Foner
- Wilmington’s Lie, the Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy by David Zucchino
- Life of a Klansman, A Family History of White Supremacy by Edward Ball
- Never Caught, a story of George Washington’s pursuit of a slave while he was president, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Or, watch one or two of these movies:
- 12 Years a Slave
- A Raisin in the Sun
- Hidden Figures