For Black History Month, Wapo Highlights Excellence and Triumphs

For Black History Month, The Washington Post compiled a selection of recently published stories and columns that represent Black excellence and triumph in these categories:

Slavery and Freedom

Movement for Racial Justice

Politics

Business and the Economy

Military

Arts and Artifacts

Tributes to Lives Lost

Among the stories spotlighted:

The brave, forgotten Kansas lunch counter sit-in that helped change America. | By Kate Torgovnick May

Richard Mentor Johnson, a who eventually became the nation’s ninth vice president in 1837, had an enslaved wife. Her name was Julia Chinn. | By Ronald G. Shafer.

Dion Diamond joined the Freedom Riders of the ’60s for what he thought would be a weekend. It turned out to be two years. | By Rachel Hatzipangos

Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) is making a renewed push for a national commission to examine the impact of slavery and reparations for descendants of millions of enslaved Africans. | By DeNeen L. Brown

Renowned as a Black liberator, Harriet Tubman was also a brilliant spy. Tubman was the first woman to successfully plan and lead a military expedition during the Civil War. Now, Tubman has been inducted into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame. | By DeNeen L. Brown

“I follow my conscience, not my complexion.”John Lewis, a civil rights and congressional leader, died at the age of 80 on July 17. The Georgia Democrat spent three decades in Congress defending the gains he had helped achieve for people of color as a 1960s civil rights leader. | By Post Staff

Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician and inspiration for the film “Hidden Figures”

John Thompson Jr., first Black coach to win the NCAA championship

Lucile Bridges, mother who stood by her daughter Ruby through school desegregation

Fred “Curly” Neal, dribbling “wizard” of the Globetrotters

Bob Gibson, intimidating Hall of Fame pitcher with a blazing fastball

“Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.” Chadwick Boseman portrayed monumental figures like Jackie Robinson and Marvel superhero Black Panther. | By Matt Schudel

Bill Withers, Grammy-winning writer and singer of “Lean on Me”

Stanley Crouch, combative writer, intellectual and authority on jazz

David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black mayor

Johnny Nash, singer-songwriter of “I Can See Clearly Now”

More.

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