Whenever black history is celebrated in the United States, Martin Luther King Jr. is perhaps the most prominent black leader to be honored, and rightfully so. However, there have been many brave and important African Americans who been overlooked and forgotten for far too long.
Black heroes fought in the American Revolution and in all U.S. wars and conflicts, according to the movie “America’s Lost Heroes: African American Patriots by historian David Barton, screened on campus in the College Center Commons on Feb. 22 for Black History Month. The theme of this movie was that there should be no “type” of American, in American history.
Regardless of gender, race, creed, color, national orientation, ability or identification, the actual United States history is filled with the sacrifices of Americans. Deep compassion and respect to the Native North Americans in particular.
Dr. Monroe Kennedy, physics teacher in LCCC’s Mathematics and Science Division headed the event with his wife, Karen Kennedy because they wanted students to realize that long before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement, there were brave American heroes with dark skin. Dr. Kennedy said that the important take-away from the event is, “To understand and appreciate that Black Americans were an important part of American history and their success should motivate us and contribute a feeling of cohesiveness between all Americans.”
Some notable names of Americans who were identified in the movie were: Robert Smalls, member of congress, Benjamin Banneker, mathematician, Francis Hopkins, academic and William Cooper, soldier.
Karen Kennedy introduced the 30-minute film and believes that, “Young people can become aware of the early contributions of Black Americans so that greater historical accuracy can be achieved.” She added, “It is necessary for Americans to be told about the contributions of all those who have been left out of the history books because we are one nation.”
Also present at the event was Shamballa Warner, LCCC student, who recited the “I Have A Dream” speech. Mrs. Kennedy led a discussion immediately following the film. This event provided some new information about the role of Black Americans in the founding of America.
May it inspire everyone to see our common history as having included all of us, all along. United we stand.