Our President raised more than eyebrows trying to talk about Black history at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast.
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed,” Trump said.
The remark prompted several publications to ponder if Trump even knows who Douglass (1818–1895) was—or “is”—since the President used present tense in speaking of him, and prompted Douglass’ descendants to send The White House a list of the social reformer’s accomplishments:
“Frederick Douglass has done an amazing job …
Trump’s Douglass-gate moment caused members of the San Francisco Bay Times team to wonder if the White House might need a lesson on Black LGBT pioneers. Limiting our list to those who have passed on, we offer just some of the many talented individuals whose work made a positive difference in their respective fields, and whose achievements continue to inspire us.
Alvin Ailey, Dancer and Choreographer (1931–1989)
Josephine Baker, Dancer, Singer, Actress (1906–1975)
James Baldwin, Author (1924–1987)
Richmond Barthé, Sculptor (1901–1989)
Lorraine Hansberry, Writer and Activist (1930–1965)
Essex Hemphill, Poet and AIDS Activist (1957–1995)
Billie Holiday, Jazz Singer (1915–1959)
Langston Hughes, Author (1902–1967)
Alberta Hunter, Blues Singer, Songwriter, Nurse (1895–1984)
Marsha P. Johnson, Leader of the Stonewall Riots, Transgender Advocate (1944–1992)
Barbara Jordan, Politician, Civil Rights Leader (1936–1996)
Audre Lorde, Author, Advocate (1934–1992)Willi Ninja, Ball Culture Dancer and Choreographer (1961–2006)
Ma Rainey, Blues Singer (1886–1939)
Bayard Rustin, Advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1912–1987)
Margaret Sloan-Hunter, Writer and Activist (1947–2004)
Bessie Smith, Jazz and Blues Singer (1894–1937)
Billy Strayhorn, Musician and Activist (1915–1967)
The list could go well beyond the pages of this newspaper, so we invite you to explore online resources such as: