What began on 14th February, 1926 in the USA has continued until this day, However Black History Month in the United Kingdom didn’t get started until later on in the late 80’s. In fact
it was in 1987 when London and a joint effort with the GLC worked together to host events and come together as a race in the UK. Here is our small list of Famous Black People what is known today as the Black History Month. In the U.S it’s often celebrated in February while here in the U.K, it’s celebrated in October. And for this year’s Black history month, we here have decided to feature some notable famous black people; black women. These people that we feature who are famous for their selfless contribution to the world through their effort will be celebrated.
Alexander P. Ashbourne: long ago has coconut oil be used as a cosmetic tool and for cooking but Ashbourne, a black American was the one who patented a way to refine coconut oil way back in 1880.
Bessie Blunt Griffin: with her experience working as a therapist with injured soldiers during the World War II, she was inspired and was able to patent a device that could help Amputees feed themselves.
Marie Van Brittan Brown: she invented a home security system that uses a television. And was able to get a patent in 1969, which helped her to receive an award by the National Science Committee for her invention.
Granville Woods: somehow known also like the Black Edison. The trials of Woods parents are recorded to be to the tone of 60 during his lifetime. He had a major discipline in engineering and electricity.
John. P. Parker: is an inventor, abolitionist, and subway conductor in the United States. John. P. Parker is among the few African-Americans to receive a patent prior 1900. Amongst a few all called themselves “the original Chicago boy” They founded the National Urban League which led to many civil rights movements like that in Chicago and across America. The roots of these movements lie in the organization called the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). This is a union based on principles that will lead to better living standards for workers around the world.
We will also take cognisance of some notable black women in history who have changed the tide of things past or present. Among them we will include:
Charlotte E. Ray: widely known as the first female African-American lawyer in the United States. She is also a very renowned woman civil right activist, who was active in the suffrage movement, and also a member of the association of black women
Maya Angelou: She is popularly known as a Poet and novelist. She was born in St Louis, Missouri. Amongst all she’s done, Maya sang, danced, and recorded poetry. She auditioned for an international tour of Porgy and Bess when she won a role and thereby toured 22 countries. She was nominated for several awards, and read a poem written for the occasion at President Clinton’s inauguration
Oprah Winfrey: Opera is popularly known to the world as America’s first lady of talk shows. She is most famous for her fascinating programs, which at a time became the most daytime show host on television. She often presented herself as natural as possible, and that is what earned her the widespread popularity. Opera Winfrey is a trendy show artist and a very significant personality in our Black History.
As we celebrate this year’s part of the black history month in the United Kingdom, all the goodwill of the most tenacious and land marking famous Black People would not go unnoticed. Although we may not be too specific all men and women of goodwill you all early to our salutation, keep on the good work.