10 Who counted


From politics to exploration, Leonard Pitts Jr. profiles 10 influential African-Americans you might not have heard of

Sometimes, history forgets.

Sometimes, the big names everyone knows crowd out the smaller ones fewer people recall.

Sometimes, when it is time to apportion honor and assign recognition, men and women who ought to be singled out are not.

And so, those who inspired the dreams, fanned the flames and stood in the thick of revolutionary change can find themselves left out of the books, short-changed in the reminiscences.

In this annual season of Black history’s celebration, much will be said, and deservedly so, about giants such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. DuBois. But here, in 10 fields of American endeavor, are 10 other names, lesser-known women and men whose contributions and heroism we should remember, always.

— Leonard Pitts Jr., The Miami Herald

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