This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Aafrican American Heroes Essay

1579 words - 7 pages

African Americans Heroes
Shawn Okelley Taylor
COM/150
04/28/2013
Lee Eubanks

Who is a Hero?

African American heroes have a great impact in our society and are often not recognized for their great achievements. What kind of life did they lead? What was some of the problems they faced? And what did they do to make them well known. So, What does define a Hero and Heroism in today’s society?

Black History month has often spoken upon famous African-Americans such as Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver. Those legendary figures are certainly worth celebrating, yet there have been many other African-American men and women ...view middle of the document...

D. at an American university. The fact Bouchet earned that degree from Yale, in Physics no less, makes his achievement even more remarkable. Unfortunately, Boucher’s academic credentials weren’t enough to break the wall of segregation and this brilliant man spent the remainder of his life teaching in obscurity, separated from his professional and intellectual peers because of his race.

Many football fans probably think the first head coach in the NFL was Art Shell but guess again the first African American coach predated shell by about 70 years. Fritz Pollard who served as a player with the Akron pros in 1921 holds that honor. Pollard was known for his abilities on the field, as a runner and also known for breaking the color barrier. While at Brown University, he became the first African-American to play in the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately in 1926 Pollard was kicked out of the NFL along with other blacks because of segregation. Pollard’s legacy might have been forgotten forever, had he not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

In 1919, at the age of 35 born in southern Illinois, Oscar Michaeux was the first producer of the film industry, the first full-length movie featuring only black characters. He is founder of the Micheaux film and book company. He produced more than 30 films and also wrote and published several best-selling books. Oscar Micheaux became a leading figure in the Harlem community. Micheaux died in 1951, but his legacy is still celebrated, with several annual Oscar Micheaux film festivals around the country.

Before Oprah Winfrey earned recognition as the world’s first black billionaire, there was Madam C.J. Walker, who is regarded as not just the first black millionaire, but the first female millionaire who achieved that status. She began to suffer from hair loss. After experimenting with several homemade concoctions, Walker claimed a dream inspired her to create Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, a product designed to repair and condition black women’s hair. She began to sell and demonstrate her product throughout the U.S., and in the next dozen years, turned her initial investment of $1.25 into a fortune. Later, she took on many other businesses, including real estate investment, and she became heavily involved in African-American causes before her death in 1919.

In 1951 James “Cool Papa” Bell who was offered a chance to play in the big leagues in 1951 but turned it down because of his age of 48. He was widely regarded as one of the fastest players in baseball history, Although Negro League statistics were notoriously unreliable, BaseballLibrary.com credits Bell with once stealing 175 bases in a 200-game season; he also reportedly had several seasons with a batting average over .400. Bell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. African American heroes forgotten or have they just been replaced by heroes of today. In today’s society we recognize our heroes of yesterday by celebrating...

Other Papers Like Aafrican American Heroes

A Heart Of Darkness Essay

1748 words - 7 pages In this short story, there are frequent significant subject and ideas that make the story, "A Heart of Darkness," by Joseph Conrad, and haunting novel. The main theme is absolute white power over the natives. The theme validates the corruption, and the dependence caused by the white people as they took over the Congo. White men were giving all the power; they had no self-control, and in the end they did not use wisely. The white men became

The Aspects Of Vulnerability Among The Exploited In Medical Research

2287 words - 10 pages involved. The parents were vulnerable because they wanted their children to get admitted into the school. If they consented to the research then the chances of their child being admitted to Willowbrook would be greater. In 1969 to 1971, 70 plus Mexican- American women were misled to participate in the San Antonio contraceptive study. These women were economically disadvantaged and had very limited, if any, access to healthcare. They were in need of

The Hitchhiker’S Guide To The Galaxy

1171 words - 5 pages The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy As the human race makes life-changing discoveries, it is made apparent that there is always more to learn as the universe, instead of becoming familiar, is becoming absurd. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams, as well as the 2005 film adaption, portrays absurdity to be an all-encompassing system in the universe. Through the introduction and attempt to understand lack of reason, the

The Ford Motor Company Wage Increase Of 1914 And The Theory Of Incentives And Efficiency Wages

1252 words - 6 pages the decision by Ford Motor was based on a combination of all three: efficiency wages, minimising risk of unionisation and personal utility maximisation for Henry Ford. References Amesen, D. (2004), The human tradition in American labour history, Rowman and Littlefield Chauhan, S. (2009), Microeconomics: An advanced treatise, PHI Learning Pvt. Ford (2011), ‘Historic sites: Henry Ford’s $5-a-day revolution, Ford Corporate

Historical Analysis Of The Economical Breakthroughs Of The Industrial Revolution

1396 words - 6 pages A Historical Analysis of the Economical Breakthroughs of the Industrial Revolution During the Industrial Revolution, many elements of society experienced huge breakthroughs that would change the way they functioned forever. Economics were definitely one of them. With many new inventions and many factories appearing, many, many, more resources were being created than ever before. Also, all of the revenue from these resources was being given to

Leadership Portrayed in Monologue from Shakespeare’s Henry V

1214 words - 5 pages Leadership is defined as a socially constructed process and which also affect organizational future outcomes. Leader is someone at high position who have overall duty for an organization, she or he decide what to do and the way how to achieve it. (Carter and Greer, 2013)The role of leader is extremely important for an organization, leader use their own power to influence the followers though many different ways such as motivation in order to

Cuba Civil Rights

1906 words - 8 pages low risk political prisoners according to (“Cuba Culture…”). Cuba has changed over the years, now people can travel within the country without a passport. Although the economy has fallen due to the decline of communism and the massive loss in tobacco crop which was caused by a disease that wiped out the crop. Finally, they have the lowest infant mortality of any of the Latin American countries (“Cuba Culture…”). The reason the United States of

US Freight System

1273 words - 6 pages General Environment Each American requires the movement of approximately 40 tons of freight per year across the freight network. This includes everything from shirts to lawn mower to orange juice. • As the U.S. population expands, the U.S. freight system will be called upon to meet the demands of a larger population • Between 2010 and 2035, the system will experience a 22 percent increase in the total amount of tonnage it moves • By 2050, with

Democratic Peace Theory

1852 words - 8 pages without conceding anything. History is still history: Democratic Peace Theory is ineffective as a solution to the foreign policy of a country because they forget to include events that happened within their boundaries as a moment in their history because it would lead other countries to think that they are vulnerable and are easy targets to be taken advantage of. For example the American Civil War, when the Southern side decided they had

Booker T. Washington

1621 words - 7 pages American. Washington served thirty-four years as president of the school making it the most influential African American Institutions in the United States. Washington attracted the support of White philanthropists. In late 1890s he was the most prevailing African American man in the country. “Dozens of business leaders and politicians (including presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft) regularly sought his advice on race relations

Corn, Broccoli, Grass Or Balanced

2611 words - 11 pages and nationalize the historic good farming standards and to eat meat from these environments since sustainable farms are the most beneficial method for humans, animals, and the environment to prosper. The solution for the future is often grounded in the past. In the American industrial food system, 99% of meat comes from CAFOs and feedlots (Foer 5), that ratio are wreaking havoc over Americans health. The rising diet-related health issues are

Related Essays

Freedom And Responsibility Essay

2141 words - 9 pages specifically ordered by his FBI handlers, Kevin Armstrong and Paul Allen, to collect e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and other private information, and to conduct “indiscriminate surveillance” of Muslims, violating their First Amendment right to freedom of religion. Peter Bibring, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Southern California said “The FBI should be spending its time and resources investigating actual threats, not spying on every American who

Hate Crime Laws Essay

2348 words - 10 pages On June 7, 1998, 49-year-old James Byrd Jr. of Texas accepted a ride from three white men, who then beat him severely, urinated on him, chained him by his ankles to the back of their pick-up truck, dragged him for three miles into the countryside, and dumped his corpse in front of an African-American cemetery (Graczyk). A little over a year later, a jury sentenced ring leader John King to death by lethal injection (“Man Executed for Dragging

Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Case Study Conceptualization And Treatment Plan

2140 words - 9 pages Rational Emotional Behavior Therapy Case Study of Sarah: A Conceptualization and Treatment Plan Rational emotive behavior therapy, REBT, was developed by Albert Ellis and holds the central belief that the events in our lives do not cause our disturbances but that they are instead caused by our view of the events (Murdock, 2009). Murdock (2009) states that “people are seen as responsible for their behavior” (p. 279) but, because they are

Holidays In Albania Essay

1636 words - 7 pages Skanderbeg sword is kept in the Skanderbeg Museum, in Kruja. This city has been visited from the former American President, George Bush. While visiting Kruja, Mr. Bush commented that Albanian “is the kind of nation” he “likes best: a nascent democracy whose history includes a dramatic break with totalitarian rule” (qtd. in Stolberg). Another good possibility for cultural holidays is the southern town of Gjirokastra, known as The Cobbled Town