Three unsung heroes of history

3 Unsung Heroes Of History You May Not Have Heard Of

Know their names.

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In all of the history classes that I've been in, there are always particular people that are revered by society and have become historical icons; From Julius Caesar of Rome to Martin Luther King Jr of the civil rights movement, we have always pointed out, celebrated and remember the lives and achievements of specific people, and rightfully so.

However, as we continue to glorify the more iconic people in history, we continue to ignore others in history who are significantly less known, yet still hold as much historical importance as any other icon in history.

In this article, I plan to pay homage to three particular people who made extraordinary sacrifices and even more extraordinary accomplishments that helped this world change for the better.

1. James Armistead Lafayette of the American Revolution

Whenever talking about the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War, the usual names always pop up, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Paul Revere. However, there are some people who contributed to the American victory that, unfortunately, do not receive enough credit for their actions and one of them is James Armistead Lafayette.

James was born a slave on a Virginia plantation and named after his owner, William Armistead. Soon after the war had started, James was sent to fight in the war and was put under the command of French military officer, Marquis de Lafayette. Since he was able to read and write, James had volunteered to be utilized as a spy for the Continental Army. As posing as a runaway slave who defected to the British, James was able to both collect valuable information for the Americans and fed fake information to the British. Shortly after the war had ended and he finally won his freedom, James took up the surname of the man that believed in his capability to be a valuable asset, Marquis de Lafayette.

If not for the intel and misinformation that James had collected and dealt, the Americans may have never won the Revolutionary War.

2. Code Name Jane

Code Name Jane, although not a single person, was one of the several names for the clandestine group of everyday women that existed back in the late 60s and early 70s. Back in pre-Roe v. Wade America, abortion was still very much an illegal practice nationwide. The mission of the group was to offer underground abortion services to women in Chicago and was created in 1969.

In 1972, Chicago police raided an apartment that was used by this group and seven of them were arrested. While in the police van, these women had the names and addresses of women they were helping written on index cards. Knowing that if their names were revealed, they too would be arrested, these women of Code Name Jane ripped up and swallowed the index cards, ensuring that the identities of these women would never be revealed.

When reading more about this group, its activities and the women they served, it all seems as if it's written straight from a spy novel. The level of sacrifice and bravery that these women and the many others that were apart of Code Name Jane stand as one of the many examples of how ordinary people, bonded by a common goal, can come together and do some actual good, despite the cost.

3. Bayard Rustin of the Civil Rights Movement

When talking about the civil rights movement in the U.S., of course, many iconic names come up, but there is one man in particular who was left in the shadows, and that man was Bayard Rustin.

Having grown up during the Great Depression, Rustin had been a vocal advocate for change in the country. He would eventually start to work and collaborate with other leaders of the civil rights movement. He even became the right-hand man and a highly influential person to Martin Luther King Jr. He influenced MLK in his peaceful approaches to creating change in 1960's America.

However, political rivals of Rustin and the civil rights movement used his homosexuality against Rustin, threatening to accuse him and King of having an affair. In order to protect the reputation of King and the whole movement, Rustin retreated into the background of the movement. Even though he was unfairly forced to take a back seat in the movement, he still played a tremendous role in organizing and creating the tactics and events that lead to better lives for Rustin's generations and for future generations.

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Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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