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Lander Diversity Advisory Council: Unsung Black Heroes

This resource guide is sponsored by the Lander University Diversity Advisory Council.

Unsung Heroes of Black History Month
February 1 - 28

Library Services and the Diversity Advisory Council are honoring some of the lesser-known heroes of Black history this month.

Explore these library resources to learn more about their incredible achievements.

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Heart Surgeon

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Did you know that February is also American Heart MonthDr. Williams established the country's first interracial hospital in 1891, the Provident Hospital. In 1893, he gained national attention when he became the first doctor to successfully perform open heart surgery, on a stabbing victim who had been rushed to the hospital. His patient, a young Black man named James Cornish, lived another 50 years. In 1913, Dr. Williams became the first African American to be inducted into the American College of Surgeons.

Source: Daniel Hale Williams. (1992). In Contemporary Black Biography (Vol. 2). Gale.

Shirley Chisholm, U.S. Congresswoman

George Jackson, Prison Rights Activist

Ella Baker, Civil Rights Organizer

Bayard Rustin, Civil Rights Organizer

Bessie Coleman, Aviator

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The Legend: The Bessie Coleman Story

Documentary available online

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Bessie Coleman: Daring to Fly

eBook available online

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Children's Room - Literature PZ 20 E 185.96 .H338 2017

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Aircraft: The Definitive Visual History

Circulation TL670.3.A373 2022

Matthew Henson, Arctic Explorer

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Matthew Henson: Co-discoverer of the North Pole

Children's Room - Literature PZ20G635.H4 L58 2001

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Matthew Henson: Arctic Adventurer

eBook available online

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One More River to Cross: The Stories of Twelve Black Americans

Children's Room - Literature PZ 20 E 185.96 .H355 1992