Recognizing Modern-Day Heroes

Aaliyah Breedlove, Reporter

Black History Month is an annual celebration that focuses on the success and accomplishments of African-Americans notables. This idea was proposed by Carter G. Woodson in 1926 in development of “Negro History Week”.  Although most are aware of influential figures such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Abbott it is also important to recognize modern-day heroes as well.


One African-American woman who has made history is our country’s former first lady, Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama is an icon. As a becoming woman, she has worked to fight against childhood obesity while also leading speeches on education for young girls. She even serves as an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating.



Trevor Noah is the television host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning, “The Daily Show”. This South African comedian, writer, political commentator and actor has courageously shared his story by publishing a book in 2016 called “Born a Crime,” describing the abuse and racism he experience while living life under apartheid in South Africa.


Ava Duvernay is both successful and inspiring. Not only was she the first black woman to get the best director Golden Globe nomination, she was also the first black woman to direct an Oscar-nominated best picture film, as well as the first black woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million in box offices. 



Billy Porter is not only a writer, but also an Emmy and Tony winning actor. He pushes boundaries and limits by doing as much as he can to influence others to speak out and is known for his award winning performance as “Pray Tell” on the tv show “Pose.”



The powerful Maxine Water was the first woman and African-American to chair a House Committee. She was also the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus from 1997 to 1999 and is most known for her continuing ability to speak her mind. Waters proves that speaking out and playing a crucial role in society is not an unattainable goal. 


While Black History Month will always be about the originators of this day, our current heroes continue to pave the way for those coming behind.