Many African American men and women have been characterized as a group of significant individuals who help to exemplify the importance of the black community. They have illustrated their optimistic views and aspects in a various amount of ways contributing to the reconstruction of African Americans with desire and integrity. Though many allegations may have derived against a large amount of these individuals, Crystal Bird Fauset, Jacob Lawrence, and Mary Lucinda Dawson opportunistic actions conveys their demonstration to improve not only themselves but also their ancestors too. Throughout their marvelous journeys, they intend to garnish economic, political, and social conditions with dignity and devotion while witnessing the rise of African Americans. The objective of this research paper is to demonstrate the lives of a selected group of African American people and their attributions to the black community.
Born in Princess Anne, Maryland on June 27, 1894, Crystal Bird Fauset was born to the late Benjamin Oliver Bird and Portia E. (Lovett) Bird (“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed”). She was orphaned and raised in Boston by her maternal aunt, Lucy Groves, where she attended public schools and excelled as an outstanding student despite the tragic passing away of her parents at an early age (“World Black History”). Later on in life, she studied at Teachers College, Columbia, University, in the late 1920’s and earned her degree in 1931(“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed”).
Crystal spent majority of her time expanding her life experiences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania economically, politically, and socially (“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed”). Fauset helped establish the famous Swarthmore College Institute of Race Relations which documented the relevance of employment against her native Pennsylvania African Americans and was eventually offered the staff position as executive secretary (“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed”). She later became the first African American woman elected as a state legislator and introduced nine bills and three amendments on issues concerning the economy such as improving public health, housing for the poor, public relief, and supporting women’s rights in the workplace (“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed”).
Between 1914 and 1918 she began educated the youth working as a public school teacher (“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed”). Shortly after in 1918 she eventually became the field secretary for African American girls in the Youth Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) while traveling across the globe in areas such as Cuba and Mexico (“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed”). In 1926, she decided to resign from the organization (“The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed”. Also, in the same year, Fauset joined the Interracial Section of the American Friends Service Committee, the activist arm of the Religious Society of Friends (AFSC or Quakers), to emphasize on...