Throughout the month of February, we celebrated Black Futures Month and Black History Month by highlighting some of the lesser known influential Black figures in religion and social justice, as well as some Black voices of the future. Below you’ll find a compilation of the individuals we featured on social media.
Marsha P. Johnson
“Marsha P. Johnson was an African American transgender woman and revolutionary LGBTQ rights activist. She is credited for being an instigator in the Stonewall riots.”
Learn more about Marsha P. Johnson here.
Tamika D. Mallory
“Tamika D. Mallory is a groundbreaking, award winning social justice leader and movement strategist. Tamika has risen to become the most sought after, influential activist of her generation. Her committed work, advocacy, frontline bravery and heroic servitude continues to fuel a solitary act into a global movement inspiring millions around the world to get involved in the fight for racial and social equality.”
Learn more about Tamika D. Mallory here.
“Audre Geraldine Lorde was born on February 18, 1934, in New York City, and went on to become a leading African American poet and essayist who gave voice to issues of race, gender and sexuality.”
Learn more about Audre Lorde here.
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Rev. Dr. Lewis is the Senior Ministry at Middle Church, cofounder of The Middle Project, and author of “Fierce Love,” “You Are So Wonderful,” and more.
Learn more about Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis here.
Rev. Dr. William Barber
“William J. Barber II is an American Protestant minister and social activist. He is the president and senior lecturer at Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He also serves as a member of the national board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and is the chair of its legislative political action committee.”
Learn more about Rev. Dr. William Barber II here.
“Frederick is a New York Times bestselling author of The Black Friend and upcoming Patriarchy Blues and Better Than We Found It (2022). He was recognized for the International Literacy Association’s 2021 Children’s & Young Adults’ Book Award, is a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list-maker for marketing and advertising, an activist, and philanthropist with over 10 years of marketing experience. He was also honored the 2018 Comic-Con Humanitarian of the Year award and is a member of the 2018 “The Root 100″ list of Most Influential African Americans.”
Learn more about Frederick Joseph here.
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
“Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was a historian, writer, researcher and curator. He amassed a personal collection of 10,000 items related to Black history and the African diaspora. This was transferred to the New York Public Library and became the starting point for today’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.”
Learn more about Arturo Alfonso Schomburg here.