Black History Month: Unrecognized Historic African-American Figures Series

Vanessa Roachè

Black History month is a celebration and remembrance of Black excellence. It is held in the month of February, and is observed (recognized) by the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. In this month, we remember all of the African-Amercian figures that contributed to make society what it is today. From well known public figures such as Martin Luther King to obscure people such as Noble Drew Ali, the founder of the Moorish Science Temple of America in Newark, N.J. It is imperative to remember all of the unrecognized lives that contributed to our ‘freedom’ today.
Starting off this Black History month series is (pt1)…
Martin Robison Delany (1812-1885)

Was sometimes referred to as the “grandfather of black nationalism.”, Martin Delany was arguably the first ever activist and campaigner for black civil rights in the US. In the 1930s he published a novel. He was trained as a physician, and helped treat patients during the cholera epidemics.He became one of the first three black students admitted to Harvard Medical School in the 1850s, but was later asked to leave following a petition by white students.
During the Civil War, Delany recruited black troops and later met with President Lincoln to discuss the possibility of African American officers to command the United States Colored Troops.Delany was the highest-ranking African-American in the history of the US Army.
After the war he became politically active, and also resumed publishing his writings on race and color. He continued to write, up until his death in 1885.