Black History Month | Heroes in Music, Art, and Literature

MY HERO Celebrates Black History Month. Learn about Heroes in Music, Art, and Literature.

Black History Month
Credit: Robert Shetterly

Hero Stories From Black History

Louis Armstrong

By: Michael Lee
Louis Armstrong was a jazz pioneer who was never afraid to take a chance.

Langston Hughes

By: Peter from San Diego

James Baldwin

By: Eric from Elmhurst
James Baldwin was a famed African American novelist and essayist whose writings dealt with homosexual issues before the gay liberation movement.

Jacob Lawrence

By: Kristin Myer
Jacob Lawrence broke racial barriers as a renowned painter.

These Stories Are Available With Audio to Listen & Read Along

Langston Hughes

By: Jeff Trussell

Langston Hughes did not confine himself to revealing just the cadences of black music to his readers. Rather, he wanted his audience to taste the whole of the African-American experience.

Maya Angelou

By: Mayandra from San Diego
"How important is it for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" (Maya Angelou)

Ella Fitzgerald

By: Julie from Selden
Ella Fitzgerald was a beloved songstress who used her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.

Duke Ellington

By: Wynton Marsalis
Duke Ellington inspires Pulitzer Prize-winning musician Wynton Marsalis.

Maya Angelou

By: Susannah Abbey
Maya Angelou is a beloved female author and poet.


Zora Neale Hurston

By: Robert Shetterly, Americans Who Tell the Truth

Langston Hughes

By: Robert Shetterly

Toni Morrison Portrait by St George

By: Saint George

Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. 

James Baldwin by Robert Shetterly,

By: Robert Shetterly
Civil Rights activist and writer James Baldwin portrayed as an American Who Tells the Truth by Robert Shetterly

Alice Walker by Robert Shetterly,

By: Robert Shetterly

Alice Walker, African American author of Color Me Purple, painted by Robert Shetterly.

Portrait of Maya Angelou
Credit: Sergio Benenson


Spike Lee

By: Alex from New York
Spike Lee is a significant African American filmmaker who explores race relations in modern society.

Ryan Coogler - Filmmaker Hero

Produced by:MY HERO
As a student filmmaker at USC, Coogler showed great potential with his short films. In 2010 he was awarded with best college narrative in the MY HERO International Film Festival with his short film "Locks".

Women Transforming Media: Gabrielle Gorman

Produced by:Xenia Shin, Jeanne Meyers, et al.

Emerging filmmaker Gabrielle Gorman's poetic filmmaking confronts issues like identity, racism and self-love. 

MY HERO Project spotlight on Trey Carlisle

Produced by:The MY HERO Project
Meet 2016 Emerging Artist Trey Carlisle.


Organizer created on 1/27/2019 8:30:51 PM by MY HERO Staff

Last edited 1/25/2020 4:17:23 PM by Xenia Shin