Historic Black Humanists

A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph

Key leader of the labor and civil rights movements
April 15, 1889 — May 16, 1979
Butterfly McQueen

Butterfly McQueen

Film and television actress best known for her role in Gone With the Wind
January 7, 1911 — December 22, 1995
Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson

Progressive-Era historian and founder of Black History Month
December 19, 1875 — April 3, 1950
Chandler Owen

Chandler Owen

Progressive-Era editor, writer, and labor activist
April 5, 1889 — 1967
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Politician, orator, and writer during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras
February, 1818 — February 20, 1895
Hubert Henry Harrison

Hubert Henry Harrison

Harlem Renaissance speaker, scholar, labor activist, and educator
April 27, 1883 — December 17, 1927
James Baldwin

James Baldwin

Civil Rights–Era novelist, poet, and playwright
August 2, 1924 — December 1, 1987
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist, and activist
February 1, 1902 — May 22, 1967
Richard Wright

Richard Wright

Author of two seminal contributions to Civil Rights–Era literature
September 4, 1908 — November 28, 1960
W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois

Sociologist, historian, writer, and founder of the NAACP
February 23, 1868 — August 27, 1963
Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Harlem Renaissance writer and anthropologist
January 7, 1891 — January 28, 1960