During Black History Month, we celebrate African Americans who made impactful contributions to American history. One of the most important developments of the twentieth century was the civil rights movement. Many Americans, both black and white, fought for equality in access to voting, education, housing, and public spaces for African Americans. Most of the best-known civil rights leaders of this period were male, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and John Lewis. However, many women also made significant contributions, including Fannie Lou Hamer, Pauli Murray, and Dorothy Height. Because of their efforts, black Americans, especially in the South, gained new legal rights and freedoms.
| By Laura Avery | February is Black History Month, which is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of Americans of African descent. While Gale’s Biography In Context offers extensive content on well-known African Americans of various occupations, such as civil rights activists Pauli Murray and Fannie Lou Hamer, artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edmonia Lewis, and … Read more