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Making tomorrow’s history today

Throughout Black History Month 2015, Bearing News’ nameplates will honor modern African-American heroes who are changing the world and paving the way for Black progress every day.



Geoffrey Canada

Despite the last name, Geoffrey Canada is not from Canada. Canada grew up in the South Bronx which could be a violent neighborhood occasionally. His personal experience has inspired his work for helping children and families in Harlem. Canada has worked with the Harlem Children’s Zone for more than 30 years, driven by his passion for education reform. The Harlem Children’s Zone helps kids of all ages and their families. Starting at a young age is crucial for building a strong foundation which is why the Harlem Children’s Zone strives to work with children and parents during these key years. The organization offers opportunities such as after-school programs, academic support, and college preparation. This system makes sure everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

For more information about Geoffrey Canada, click here or here.

Nameplate by Claire Simon.


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Michael Brown was 18 years old when he was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014. The controversy surrounding his death – as well as the deaths of countless other black people at the hands of police officers – sparked a massive revolution of civil rights protests nationwide and brought police brutality, the flawed American justice system, and American racism into country’s spotlight.
Read more about Michael Brown and Ferguson here.

Nameplate by Maddy Mueller.


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Grammy award winning artists Alicia Keys and Beyoncé have done more than just make great music.

Alicia Keys is the ambassador for Keep A Child Alive, an organization that works to combat and educate about the physical, social, and economic effects of HIV. She has traveled to countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa to speak to teens and young adults who have lost their parents to AIDS. Keys is also a spokesperson for Frum Tha Ground Up, a charity dedicated to inspiring and motivating young Americans to achieve success on all levels.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has used her popular status as a platform to speak out about feminism. In the song “Flawless” on her most recent album, Beyoncé, she samples a powerful TED talk from famous Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who talks about not only what feminism is but also why it is important.

Album cover sources: Dangerously In Love, Live At Wembley, B’ Day, 4, I Am…Sasha Fierce, Self-titled, Girl On Fire, The Elements Of Freedom, As I Am, Unplugged, The Diary Of Alicia Keys.

Nameplate by Ellie Stitzer.



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Laverne Cox reached widespread recognition after playing the part of Sophia Burset in the acclaimed Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. A transgender black woman, Cox has become a figurehead of the trans rights movement and has used her fame to advocate for equal treatment of trans people. Her role on Orange Is the New Black as a transgender woman of color has been lauded as unprecedented in the history of mainstream television. She was the first openly trans person ever to receive an Emmy nomination. She writes and speaks on behalf of the transgender community.

Read more about Laverne Cox here.

Nameplate by Maddy Mueller.



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Both attorney generals for the United States, Loretta Lynch and Eric H. Holder have had a great influence on Americans. President Barack Obama nominated Lynch for the position of U.S. Attorney General, to succeed Eric Holder, who had previously announced his resignation, pending confirmation of his replacement. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she would be the first African-American woman; the second African-American, after Holder. Being the first two African-Americans to hold this position, the two are paving the path for other African-Americans to follow in their footsteps and hold important positions in federal government.

Learn more about Eric H. Holder here, and learn more about Loretta Lynch here.

Nameplate by Claire Simon.



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Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya. She moved to the United States to pursue an education, attending Hampshire College and then the Yale School of Drama. Nyong’o broke into the spotlight with her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, which won her widespread critical acclaim. Nyong’o has since used her fame to advocate for the representation of black women in media, speaking at platforms such as the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon about her own experience as a black female actress. In addition to 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o has appeared in and written films which spread awareness of issues such as HIV/AIDS and the politics of Kenya.

Learn more about Lupita Nyong’o here and here.

Nameplate by Maddy Mueller.



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Michelle Obama is more than just the First Lady; she is an inspiration to all. She has devoted most of her time to working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. Helping others comes so naturally to Obama because she works on issues that are close to her heart. In 2010 she launched Let’s Move!, bringing people together to work towards childhood obesity. Another of her organizations, the Reach Higher Initiative, was launched in 2014, encouraging young people to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school. In addition to her work for America’s youth, Mrs. Obama has also devoted time toward our armed services through the program Joining Forces.

Learn more about First Lady Michelle Obama here and here.

Nameplate by Claire Simon.



MOVIE

The past couple years have seen several great films featuring influential movements in black history. Steve McQueen is the director of 2013’s award winning film 12 Years a Slave, a story of a free black man from upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the south during the years before the Civil War. Ava Duvernay is the director of 2014’s Selma, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his follower’s march from Selma to Montgomery in the fight for suffrage in 1965.
Another influential woman in Hollywood is Shonda Rhimes, a writer and producer whose many successful shows include Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice, and How to Get Away With Murder. Rhimes work has changed the way women, LGBT people, and people of color are represented in television. She is to be awarded the Ally for Equality award by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group in the United States, later this year.
Read Shonda Rhimes powerful acceptance speech for the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast here.

Nameplate by Ellie Stitzer.


SCIENCE

William M. Jackson received his Ph. D in chemistry in 1961 from the Catholic University of America, and since that time he has co-founded the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, just one of the ways he has actively championed programs to increase the number of African-Americans and women in science and engineering throughout his career. Read more about William M. Jackson here and here.
You may know renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as the host for popular television show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, but you may not know that Tyson has also done some amazing work in the way of animal rights. He has collaborated with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on a public service announcement in which he stated, “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that kindness is a virtue.” Watch the interview here.

Nameplate by Ellie Stitzer.