Children's Development

Black History Heroes

Black History Month allows us to reflect, highlight and celebrate the lives of African American leaders, thinkers, and innovators in U.S. history. Here are the stories of 5 Black heroes that have changed history and will inspire little ones to reach for the stars!

Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is one of courage, strength, and empowerment. A civil rights leader, activist, and minister, King championed voting, labor rights, and desegregation. Here are some kid-friendly ways to learn and celebrate Dr. King.

Serena Williams, Professional Athlete

Ranked among the greatest tennis players of all time, Serena Williams is a true champion on and off the tennis court. With 23 Grand Slam titles and 4 Olympic Gold Medals, Williams revolutionized women’s tennis and continues to millions all over the world.

Mark Dean, Computer Scientist

A pioneer of science and a brilliant inventor, Mark Dean is credited with helping develop several landmark technologies, including the color PC monitor, the Industry Standard Architecture system bus, and the first gigahertz chip.

Ruby Bridges, Civil Rights Activist

She was the first African American child to desegregate William Frantz Elementary School. At six years old, young Ruby’s bravery helped pave the way for Civil Rights action in the American South. Learn more about Bridges’ experiences during the civil rights movement in her own words in Ruby Bridges Goes to School.

Katherine Johnson, Mathematician

Known as one of NASA’s “human computers”, Katherine Johnson along with Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Christine Darden — she helped calculate the flight path that took Apollo 11 to the moon. Johnson’s work for NASA continues to inspire generations of young women, and young Black women, to pursue higher education in STEM, no matter what obstacles you face. Here are fun ways to celebrate and learn about Johnson’s work.