Historic Black Activism: 8 Trailblazing Columbians to Know

As we observe Black History Month, Columbia News looks back at Black Columbians who made history through their activism.

The summer of 2020 saw a powerful resurgence of racial justice activism, set in motion by  George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in May, disparities laid bare by months of a pandemic, and the run-up to a critical presidential election. As has been historically the case, Black leadership was at the forefront of many of those grassroots movements. 

As we observe Black History Month, we’re looking back at Black Columbians who made history through their activism. We’re seeing that legacy live on today in the activists of this new moment. You can also learn more about notable Black Columbians on our Black History and Culture website. 


Jennifer Pellerito and Kelly Moffitt
February 25, 2021