The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and the Ubuntu Biography Project partnered for Black History Month 2018 to celebrate the legacy and achievements of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people. The Ubuntu Biography Project, created by the late Stephen Maglott, celebrates the life stories and accomplishments of LGBTQ and SGL people of color. As the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black LGBTQ/SGL people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, NBJC is honored to bring awareness to our community's contributions to Black History, specifically, and to American and global history, more generally. With the theme:We Can Because They Did!, this public awareness campaign continues to share in-depth bios of members of the Black LGBTQ/SGL community on various media platforms.

To honor our community and celebrate #BlackHistory365, we invite all to learn more about the extraordinary contributions of Black LGBTQ/SGL people by reviewing the life stories of the individuals from our beloved community’s past, present and future! Below you will find links to bios of each themed week we featured as part of the We Can Because They Did! Presented in February of 2018. We are honored to celebrate the full diversity of Black history and people as we daily work together to support one another and build a more inclusive world for all.  Please use the #WeCanBcTheyDid when you share these stories on social media platforms and NBJC will make sure to retweet and reshare.


Bayard Rustin

Barbara Jordan

June Jordan

Peter Sewally (Mary Jones)

Addie Brown  and Rebecca Primus

Marsha P. Johnson

Ruth C. Ellis

Joseph Beam

James Baldwin

Audre Lorde

Pauli Murray

Alvin Ailey

Langston Hughes

Ethel Waters

Richard Bruce Nugent

Richmond Barthé


Wilmer “Little Axe” Broadnax

Marlon Riggs

Glenn Burke

Mario Cooper

Nell Carter


Ma Rainey


Andrea Jenkins

Phillipe Cunningham

Althea Garrison

Park Cannon

LaWana Mayfield

Billy Porter

Jussie Smollett

Michele Aboro

Tarell Alvin McCraney

Yance Ford

Patrik-Ian Polk

Paris Barclay

Lena Waithe

Linda Villarosa

Labi Siffre

Jackie Kay

Sampson McCormick

Rayceen Pendarvis

Bishop Yvette Flunder

Rob Smith

E. Denise Simmons

Jason Collins

Tracey “Africa” Norman

Diana King

Kylar Broadus

Robin Roberts

Sharnee Zoll-Norman

Darrin P Gayles



Laverne Cox

Frank Mugisha

Keith Boykin

Jasmyne Cannick

Darnell L. Moore

Angela Y Davis

Dr. Sylvia Rhue

Jafari S. Allen

Rashad Robinson

Rev. Patrick Leuben Mukajanga

Dr. Emilie M. Townes

Bishop OC Allen


Tim’m T. West

Kenyon Farrow

Cleo Manago

Pam Spaulding

Nikky Finney

Earl D. Fowlkes

David Johns;

Mandy Carter

Charles Blow

Dr. Ayana Elliott



Kye Allums

Monica Motley

Isaiah Wilson;

Trinice McNally

Gabriel Maldonado

Terrance Laney

Devin Barrington-Ward

Corey Yarborough

E Taylor Doctor

Venton C. Jones

Leo Moore

Guy Anthony

Toni-Michelle Williams

Victoria Kirby York

Rodney N. Nickens, Jr.

Van Bailey

Anna Deshawn

Mike Webb




"The Stephen A. Maglott Ubuntu Biography Project is proud to partner with the National Black Justice Coalition to commemorate Black History Month through the life stories of past, present and future honorees. Stephen founded the Ubuntu Biography Project to, in his words, ‘illuminate the story of our humanity through shared experiences, familiar hopes, our abundant love, our unique passions, our resilience in the face of challenges, and a common desire for community.’ We are proud to carry on Stephen’s legacy with NBJC—telling the often untold stories of a vibrant but marginalized community, and preserving their legacies for generations to come.”

—Aundaray Guess and Mark Zustovich

The Stephen A. Maglott Ubuntu Biography Project

If you would like to share your story with the Ubuntu Biography Project
you can submit your bio and photo