We cannot discuss American history without the names of influential African-American personalities who made their marks and paved new roads for others.
Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington and Harriet Tubman are some of the names on the lips of many people when it comes to such great men and women.
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From fighting for greater social and economic mobility for African-Americans to campaigning for desegregation, these individuals made a mark on history; a mark that emanated from their struggles.
As we commemorate Black History Month, take a look back at these powerful photos to keep your black consciousness awake: