Kadir Nelson says about this painting:
“I just really think about people in my family, people that I know, who are the unsung heroes. The people throughout history who we don't necessarily know — who we may never know — but all their contributions to the story of America are just as important.”
Find out about ordinary people in your family or community with African heritage who others might not have heard of. What kind of things have they achieved? What hurdles did they overcome? If you find a story which you think deserves to be heard, make sure you tell us about it!
Here are a few places to start:
Visit DK to learn more about the American Civil War, the reasons behind it, and the soldiers who fought in it.
Find out more about inspiring Black British sports stars and the obstacles they have had to overcome to achieve their dreams. How are they using their influence to make other people's lives better?
Martin Luther King Jnr was a significant figure in the Civil Rights movement in 1960s America. A baptist preacher, he was used to inspiring crowds of people and is most famous for his "I have a dream" speech. King believed that people of all races should work together in a non-violent way for peace. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Listen to the speech quoted in The Undefeated and find out lots more information about King and other Peace Prize Winners.
Listen to music by some of these famous African American artists: Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk
A great place to start is Louis Armstrong:
The phrase "We Real Cool" comes from a poem by Gwendoline Brooks. You can find out more about it and hear the poem in this video from the Poetry Foundation: