Heroes you have probably never heard of

Heroes you have probably never heard of


You have probably heard of all the big name heroes like George Washington, MLK, Rosa Parks, etc…, but what about all the other heroes? Many heroes deserve to be talked about but never do and never get the recognition they should. All these heroes deserve to be noticed and get the respect they deserve though all the tough times they have been through.


                     James Armistead Lafayette

Lafayette was a slave in the late 1700s that became a spy for the US. Lafayette infiltrated the british camps and earned the trust of many generals that openly talked about their plans in front of him. Lafayette wrote all this info down into his notebook. Lafayette’s key info was one of the most important parts to the United States winning the battle of Yorktown in 1781. That’s not all, after the war, Lafayette went back to his slave owner and in 1786 petitioned for his freedom. Lafayette was an inspiration for all African American’s to try to achieve equality.

Eunice Carter

In the 1930s in New York there was little enforcement of law until Carter came along. Carter was the first black woman to get a law degree from Fordham University. Carter later was hired under a special prosecutor and found many people that had ties to mob violence and even found who the crime leader was. Carter also established a career in both law and international politics. Carter also married one of the first African American dentists in the world. Carter worked in the UN (United Nations) in the 1920s to help improve women’s rights.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Crumpler always wanted to help others and was the first African American Women to get a medical degree. Crumpler’s aunt also had the same passion as she did, helping the sick. Crumpler began as a nurse, then went to medical school and faced lots of obstacles. Crumpler was forced to leave her college in 1861 because of the Civil War and then returned to college in 1863 to find that her financial aid was gone. Luckily, Crumpler won a tuition award and finished her studies. Crumpler became a doctor and published a book about all over her obstacles called Two Parts.

Philip Emeagwali

Emeagwali faced many challenges as a child based on the fact that his schooling was suspended because of a war and also served in the military at the age of 13. Emeagwali came up with the formula to allow a large number of computers to be able to communicate at once.  Emeagwali made a computer that allowed there to be 3.1 billion calculations in seconds. Emeagwali won the Gordon Bell Prize for his achievements in 1989. Emeagwali had earned more than 100 prizes for his work, but yet is overlooked in society.

Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller

Alzheimer’s disease was very deadly in the early 1900s and doctors barely understood what it was, well until Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller came along. Fuller was the nation’s first African American psychiatrist and was the grandson of a slave who bought his freedom. Fuller was the first to figure out that Alzheimer’s was an actual disease and not a problem due to old age.

Robert Johnson

Johnson was a musical genius. Johnson was also African American in the 1930s and faced lots of racism during this time. Johnson’s daughter had unfortunately passed away, which made Johnson focus more on his music. Johnson came into contact with columbia records and became very successful, but unfortunately at a young age someone poisoned his drink and he died 4 days later.

Fred Jones

While Jones was just a kid, his mother died and his father took him and left him with a church to be able to get a good education. Jones, at a young age took interest in mechanical work. Jones served for the military in 1918 in France. Jones worked for a movie theater in 1927 and made the picture quality and sound a lot better for the theater. Jones also invented the movie ticket dispenser that automatically dispenses tickets. Jones also invented a cooling system for trucks to be able to carry fresh goods long distances without rotting.

Ernest Everett Just

Just was an African American biologist, research scientist, educator, and physiologist. Just was just four when his father died, which forced him to work in the fields after school. Just’s mother wanted him to get a better education, so they moved north where Just was top of his class and graduated as valedictorian. After high school, Just went to Dartmouth college to be a research biologist. After college, Just received a job and became the head biologist in 1907. Just at the age of 32 won the Springin Medal. Over the years, Just would perform many tests on animals and died being regarded as one of the best zoologists of his time.


These people/heroes have done incredible things. All of these people should be talked about. Although the story of these people were not passed down or they didn’t get the recognition they deserve they deserve to be talked about and in this article we celebrate those who inspired other and changed the world.