The exemplary individuals featured here have contributed their brilliance to enhance the human experience across a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, science, law, journalism, education, sports, and activism. These trailblazers’ accomplishments inspire, inform, and enhearten us all. From abolitionist, statesman, and orator Frederick Douglass to educator, college president, and civil rights activist Willa B. Player, these 12 men and women have made valuable contributions to the world. A brief biography accompanies the image of each figure, birthdays of other notable people are presented with the months, and milestones in Black history mark the days of the year.