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Honoring Black History Month


Happy Black History Month!

Junior Achievement has researched and highlighted some major figures from the black community who may not be known for their impact. It is important to honor Black history in February, and all year round!

Carter Godwin Woodson

Carter Godwin Woodson dedicated his life and career to educating the public about African American history. Not only did he serve as the principal of the Armstrong Manual Training School in Washington, D.C., but he became dean at Howard University and the West Virginia Collegiate Institute. Learn more about him here:

Nannie Helen Burroughs is known for opening the National Training School for Women and Girls. Through her school, Burroughs sought to ensure that Black women had access to obtain education and job training.  #BlackHistoryMonth. Learn more about her here:

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune helped to create the coeducational institution known today as Bethune-Cookman College. She also served as the president for many organizations including the National Association of Teachers in Colored Schools. #BlackHistoryMonth. Learn more about her here:

Edmund Gordon is a professor and intellectual. He is best known for his work as an expert in education access for minority and disadvantaged students. #BlackHistoryMonth. Learn more about him here:

Marie Van Brittan Brown

Marie Van Brittan Brown invented the first home security system in 1966, paving the way for the security systems that are used today! #BlackHistoryMonth. Learn more about her here:

Frederick Jones is most known for creating air-cooling units for vehicles transporting perishable foods. His refrigeration invention was also used to transport blood during World War II. #BlackHistoryMonth. Learn more about him here:

Alice Parker paved the way of modern-day heating with her patented central heating system that used natural gas. Not only did her invention reduce the risks of home fires started by the fireplace as well as providing a more efficient way to heat a home without having to chop firewood. #BlackHistoryMonth. Learn more about her here: 

Who comes to mind when you think of Black History, and those who have influenced the business world as we know it today?

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