Beyond MLK: Let's celebrate some of America's unsung heroes this Black History Month
Black History Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate heroes who’ve enriched America, among them Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver. But what about the many other African Americans deserving of recognition? Betty DeRamus shines a spotlight on a few such men and women in our Op-Ed pages, writing: “Black History month shouldn’t be an annual oldies roundup. It’s too rich, too varied and too surprising for that. It’s the many-layered saga of people who took what sometimes seemed like very little and turned it into more than enough -- claiming their slice of an often elusive dream.” Here’s a look at some of the people DeRamus highlights. READ MORE: Beyond the Black History Month hit parade
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Irene Morgan( Kyndell Harkness / Associated Press / August 5, 2000 )
"Eleven years before [Rosa] Parks refused to surrender her seat to a white man on an Alabama bus, Irene Morgan did the same thing on a Greyhound bus in Virginia. But Morgan's response was far from soft-spoken," writes DeRamus. "She first refused to let the young, baby-carrying woman sitting next to her give up her seat. Morgan then ripped up her arrest warrant and threw it out a window. The high-heels-wearing Morgan also kicked a sheriff's deputy in what she called 'a very bad place.' When another deputy tried to touch her, she tore his shirt."
Above: The civil rights pioneer in 2000.