Jackson Creek Middle School
American Heroes: Benjamin Banneker
An American Hero
What is the idea of an American hero? Is there just one idea that all people believe an American hero is? I believe there isn't just ONE type of an American hero. There have been MANY different types of American heroes throughout the history of the United States. It varies from people such as Martin Luther King Jr. to Michael Jordan to Black Hawk to Benjamin Banneker. Benjamin Banneker is just one of the many heroes we have had.
Benjamin Banneker is a great example of an American hero. He overcame such problems as racism and discrimination. Living in Colonial America, he struggled with being a free African-American. Choosing to be a scientist at that time was very difficult, but he struggled to overcome the prejudices and setbacks of that time.
Benjamin Banneker showed many people that African-Americans were not intellectually inferior to European-Americans. Thomas Jefferson pointed that out in a letter he wrote to Benjamin one time. Because of his dedication and struggles, he inspired many individuals to fight for what they believe is right. This shows that just one person CAN make a difference.
By: Jake H.
Last updated: 12/14/01