22 Black Heroes Your Kids Should Know By Name

By Sharon Brandwein for redtri.com

There are a handful of important people kids learn about in school and during Black History Month: Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver, just to name a few. But while these Black history figures have certainly made significant cultural contributions, there are many more that have fallen under the radar. In order to give your kids an ever-widening view of the world, we’ve found Black history heroes that have left a legacy for generations to come.

Daisy Bates

When the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional, Daisy Bates stepped up to help a group of Black students integrate into an all-white high school—that group is known as The Little Rock Nine. In the face of constant fear and intimidation, Bates worked tirelessly to escort those young men and women to school every day and protect them from violent crowds. Daisy Bates was a lifelong civil rights activist, and her work is still recognized and today. In the state of Arkansas, every third Monday in February is observed as Daisy Gatson Bates Day, and in 1999 she was Posthumously awarded the Medal Of Freedom.

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