I woke up this morning, the last day of February, to realize that I hadn’t posted anything about Black History Month. After wiping the egg off my face, I decided to throw something together, even if it was at the last second, commemorating this very special event. Even though I haven’t had a lot of time to do any research, here are the best fun facts about great Black Americans that I could think of off the top of my head:
Harriet Tubman – Built the Underground Railroad, but widely remembered as the television wife to Carl Winslow on the show Family Matters from 1989-1998.
George Washington Carver – Back in the olden days, this famed scientist invented the peanut.
John Stewart – Better known as the Green Lantern. Part of an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.
Mookie Blaylock – Former point guard for the Atlanta Hawks. If I recall correctly, he had quick hands and always stayed a step ahead of the man he was defending.
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Son to Martin Luther King, Sr.
Robert DeNiro – Star of such classics as Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Godfather Part II, and Casino, this legend is regarded as one of the greatest actors of all time. Frequently dates and marries black women.
Crispus Attucks – One of the answers to a multiple choice question on a test I had in History 3004: The American Revolution. He was the incorrect choice.
Morgan Freeman – I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can’t be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.
Hootie – The man the Blowfish look to for guidance.
Frederick Douglass – Pioneered the use of two S’s at the end of the name Douglas.
Tay Zonday – Proof positive that a black man can overcome years of social oppression, persevere, and become successful due to a two minute Internet video in which he displays zero real talent.
Eddie Murphy – Actor and comedian with incredible range; he can play anything from a watered down version of Axel Foley to a morbidly obese old woman.
Mike James – Has many black friends.