An Unknown Hero
Joseph Charles Price
Many African Americans have helped shaped American government and politics. Some became famous and were recognized greatly for their struggles and achievements, but there were some who worked hard and accomplished much, yet did not get the credit for their efforts. One of those unsung heroes was Joseph Charles Price, a national and international leader, orator, educator, Pan Africanist historian, temperance leader, writer, scholar, and an early advocate for Woman's rights.
Price held great hope for the future and once said, "I do not care how dark the night; I believe in the coming of the morning." Because of his optimism, he became involved in the Afro-American League and was elected president of the National Protective Association. That same year he was voted one of the "Ten Greatest Negroes Who Ever Lived." Price used education to show that slavery and discrimination were wrong and that Blacks deserved the same rights as White people in society.
In conclusion, Joseph Charles Price was an African American who helped shaped the government, but the work of this brilliant scholar is known only to a few. As we celebrate Africans Americans who impacted government, we should also remember Mr. Price.