18 Black History Heroes You May Never Have Heard Of

These are life stories worth knowing.

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During Black History Month, and every other month, we must take the time to honor the role and achievements of African-American heroes in United States history. These icons, many of which were overlooked at the time and continue to be sidelined today, transformed our country. While some groundbreaking heroes are well-known, there are many unsung heroes worth celebrating—particularly Black women. Here, we rounded up just some of the African-American women whose tireless efforts changed everything, and who never got the credit they deserve.

Maggie Maloney is the associate editor at Town & Country and ELLE Decor, where she covers style, beauty, jewelry, and the many members of the royal family. She also manages social media and content strategy for both brands.