3 Black Influencers and Educators You Should Know About

Updated: Feb 14

It's Black History Month! That means I'm highlighting the past and present of black communities and people.

Shout out to all the black entrepreneurs, influencers, and educators.

Black History is shared and celebrated ALL throughout the year for me and my community, but I love the spotlight the nation puts on it in February. So, to contribute to the spotlight,

I want to start off by posting some amazing black educators and content creators from both the past and present.

Let's talk about the black educators of the past and present that have/are impacting our black communities.

The first person I want to highlight today is from the past,

Esau Jenkins

He loved Education; I think that's apparent in the fact that all his children earned college degrees.

He also felt the pull for Black people to vote. He saw the need for blacks to represented in their communities and in the American system.

According to www.statehousereport.com, Jenkins stressed to individuals that he came across the importance of voting and even taught them to recite passages from the state's constitution (this was a requirement to vote in South Carolina during that time).

But Esau Jenkins didn't stop there, he did more.

In 1954 he co-founded the first citizenship school.

This schools was designed to teach adult African Americans how to read so they could register to vote. His first school did so well that he opened up more.

Not to mention his continued and dedicated work on issues of civil rights and racial justice.

The second person is for the present.

Amanda Gorman

She is so talented, and I am so proud of this young woman.

She is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. History. She has no doubt impacted the black community and continues to be an activist for the community.

According to www.cnbc.com, She follows in the footsteps of inaugural poets Maya Angelou and Robert Frost.

Check out her speech here.

Now let's take a look at content creators who are making a difference in our black communities.

Sarah Jama

She's the co-founder of Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO).

Sarah currently works at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion as an Outreach Coordinator and is also a Community Engagement Liaison to Councillor Matthew Green at the City of Hamilton.

In her spare time, she acts as a consultant, and is currently working with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board to create anti-racism training and peer support based curriculum for students at the school board (www.SarahJama.com)

Today, I listed 3 black educators and influencers, some from the past and others from the present.

I hope you learned a lot and have checkout each one of these amazing people who have dedicated their time and energy to serving the black community.

There are so much more things coming up that I can't wait to share with you, so please join the community so you can be the first one to know.

I hope you enjoyed this post, Have a blessed day.

Love you muchly.