​The Black Heroes Movement

  • Literacy.
    Heroes live and die on the pages of a book. Imaginations grow and worlds explored one paragraph at a time. Reading something you enjoy may increase your speed and desire.

  • Legacy.
    There is a lengthy history of heroism and patriotism of the Black American experience lost to time and ignorance. Stories forgotten or never shared.

  • Heroism.
    There's plenty of heroes out there - some in cape others in uniform and some in jeans and a hoodie. Extraordinary deeds can come from unlikely sources. 

  • Perception.
    ​Who's writing our story. Storytelling can change the perception we have of ourselves. What's said in the News or at home some narratives showcase the negative rather than the positive. 

      



Black Heroes Movement

wishes to promote literacy, legacy, heroism, and to challenge perception. Using diversity in storytelling, especially through comic and graphic novels to analyzing the effects of heroism on culture. 

There's a long heritage of comics dating back to the very early 1930s. Comic strips in newspapers had simple serialized stories, political criticism or satire, social commentary or comedy, or were made to entertain. But, it wasn't only for pictures, comics for some became a gateway to literacy. In some cases, a gateway to the English language came with pictures of heroism. If one finds something that engages, sparks imagination, and captivates then it may lead to one wanting to read more. 

Antidote; Asked a local officer if reading comic lead to his choice of occupation. He said no, but it was a teacher that gave him comics to help improve his reading and by doing so improved his grades. With better grades and more confidence, he did better in school and later in life chose to take the test for policemen. The officer said if it weren't for reading and having fun doing it then maybe he would have had fewer options. 

Reading comics (and other literature) with diverse characters may positively nudge one onto paths leading to greater opportunities. And wanting to read these stories may better ones experiences learning and in life.  

Literacy helps discovery a legacy of heroism from Black citizens. The lesser-known historical figures whose deeds have now found their way onto the pages of graphic novels; figures such as Bass Reeves, Molly Williams, or Bessie Coleman. Old fictional characters such as Luke Cage, Black Panther, and Black Lightning are seeing a revival for their positive perception.

There are many comic-creators trying to tell more diverse stories. Black Heroes Movement will find them, partner, and attempt to add to the library of heroes for all to discover and enjoy. 

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