February is dedicated to remembering black women and men, who have defined history by innovating and excelling in their respective fields. Though there are countless extraordinary black people across the globe, the following 28 represent each day of Black History Month. Some of them continue to inspire our hearts and minds to this day. Some have passed, but their legacies live on through their art form, their entrepreneurial ventures, their contribution to the sciences, their sportsmanship, their research, their social activism, and their ceaseless perseverance against all odds. Each day for the final week of this month, we will highlight a few influential black people, and show gratitude for their originality and brilliance. Take a moment to regard these honorable people, and share their greatness with a friend.
Environmental activist Majora Carter stays busy rebuilding park systems and raising money for Environmental Justice, while also consulting for large scale companies such as FreshDirect. Her TED Talk on "greening the ghetto," was one of the first of 6 to launch the TED.com website in 2006. She created her own public radio show "The Promised Land" in 2008 to highlight men and women all over the world, who share the quest to build safer and healthier communities one neighborhood at a time. The show earned her a Peabody Award in 2010.
As Co-founder and Vice-chair of the Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party, Fannie Lou Hamer made it her mission to campaign for African American Civil Rights, as well as, voting and women's right for all creeds and colors. Her career in the Civil Rights Movement was matched with a higher education, accomplishing a Doctor of Law from Shaw University and honorary degrees from Columbia College Chicago and Howard University. She was posthumously inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993, where her life of dedication, bravery, and strides toward equality are commemorated.
Julian Francis Abele was a prominent African American Architect of the 20th century, and chief designer for Horace Trumbauer's architecture firm. He contributed to the design of more than 400 buildings, including the Widener Memorial Library at Harvard University, the west campus of Duke University, and in his hometown, the Parkway Central Library and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Not only did Abele design exquisite edifices, but he was well versed in watercolor, lithography, etching, woodworking, silver and gold smithing.
Award-winning chef, Bryant Terry's educates and implements an innovative approach on vegan cuisine in an array of cookbooks. Amazon deemed his 4th entitled, "Afro Vegan," as one of the best cookbooks of 2014. His devout career and commitments to creating healthy and sustainable food systems earned him the 2015 James Beard Award. He is currently the inaugural Chef in Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, where he creates programming that celebrates the intersection of food, farming, health, activism, art, culture, and the African Diaspora.