Lemmings Celebrates Heroes for Black History Month
This February, our new Tribes season coincides with the observance of Black History Month. We wanted to recognise this by attributing one of our new Tribes to celebrate some of the most inspirational black historical figures.
Jackie Robinson (J-Rob)
Jack Roosevelt Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was the first African-American professional baseball player in the modern era. Robinson’s signing by the Dodgers signalled the end of professional baseball’s racial segregation
During his 10-year MLB career, Robinson won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, and was the first black player to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949.
Robinson famously said – “There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”
Rosa Parks (Rosa Louise)
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was a civil rights activist in the United States who is most remembered for her role in the Montgomery bus boycott.
Parks became a global symbol of opposition to racial segregation, organising and collaborating with civil rights activists such as Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King Jr. Parks authored her autobiography after retirement and insisted that there was still more work to be done in the fight for justice.
Parks famously said – “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
Martin Luther King Jr. (Marty)
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who rose to prominence as the civil rights movement’s most visible voice and leader after 1955. He used nonviolence and civil disobedience to advance civil rights for people of colour in the United States.
On October 14, 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance.
King famously said – “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Maya Angelou (Maya)
Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, and for being active in the civil rights movement working alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
Her works have been regarded as a defence of Black culture, and she was acknowledged as a voice for Black people and women. Her work is extensively used in schools and institutions throughout the world.
Angelou famously said – “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Find out more about Black History Month here – https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/
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