As Black History Month comes to a close, it’s important that we continue celebrating the impact and integral role that Black Americans have played and continue to play in shaping American culture. We had a few ideas of how to do this…and none felt quite right. So we asked our team how they’d like to see TaxJar best honor Black History Month. They’ve inspired and humbled us by asking that we share the stories of those who have inspired them.

 Here are a few of them:

Madame C J Walker

Black History Month Madame C J Walker
Image: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center.

Madame C J Walker was a  philanthropist, and political and social activist. She started a business in the early 1900’s, and went on to become the first self-made Black female millionaire, building one of the largest hair care manufacturing businesses in the US. Today you can visit the Madam Walker Legacy Center in Indianapolis. A significant piece of our nation’s history, it is the last surviving iconic building on Indiana Avenue,  and is listed on the register of National Historic Landmarks.

Phillis Wheatley

Black History Month Phillis-Wheatley
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It was on this day in 1874 Phillis Wheatley, the first Black woman, and third American woman to publish a book (in the US) passed away at the age of 31. Her work is credited with helping create the foundation of African American literature and her stories live on through The Phillis Wheatley Historical Society at the University of Massachusetts. 

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Black History Month Carter Woodson
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Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Associated Publishers, founded and edited the Negro History Bulletin, and authored over 30 books. His  best known work, The Mis-Education of the Negro, was published in 1933 and is still read and revered by many today. Dr. Woodson is considered by many to be the “father of black history.” In February of 1926 he launched the celebration of “Negro History Week.” Following Dr. Woodson’s lead, in 1976, Negro History Week expanded into Black History Month. Today, many around the country and the world can learn more about Dr. Woodson’s scholarly legacy at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

We look forward to continuing to share stories from our team, and welcome you to share those who’ve inspired you in the comments below.