Celebrating Those Making Black History Right Now

For Black History Month, we're lifting up black activists, leaders and agitators who are changing the rules and being the power in our communities. Here are several profiles of leaders who are making new history right now.

Transgender freedom fighter Elle Hearns:

#1uBHM Celebrates Elle Hearns

We're lifting up Black activists, leaders and agitators who are changing the rules and being the power in our communities.Black transgender freedom fighter Elle Hearns discusses how she's affected by racism. #1uBHM

Posted by AFL-CIO on Friday, February 12, 2016

Courageous activist and artist Bree Newsome:

Bree Newsome

This #BlackHistoryMonth we lift up Black labor leaders, activists and agitators who are changing the rules and being the power in our communities.Courageous activist and artist Bree Newsome speaks on why she advocates for racial and social justice.

Posted by AFL-CIO on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

United Steelworkers (USW) Vice President Fred Redmond:

#1uBHM Celebrates Fred Redmond

This #BlackHistoryMonth we're lifting up Black activists, leaders and agitators who are changing the rules and being the power in our communities.United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond speaks on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther's King Jr.'s legacy. #1uBHM

Posted by AFL-CIO on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Longtime labor leader and activist William Lucy:

#1uBHM Celebrates William Lucy

This #BlackHistoryMonth we lift up Black labor leaders, activists and agitators who are changing the rules and being the power in our communities.Longtime labor leader and activist William Lucy has some words of wisdom for the next generation of activists.

Posted by AFL-CIO on Friday, February 5, 2016

You also can sign our petition celebrating Black History Month and read other profiles like Marsha P. Johnson and Charlene Carruthers.

As you check out these stories, don't forget that, as the Rev. Terry Melvin, the president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, reminds us, black history isn't limited to February.