If you happen to use Google today, you’ll notice the artwork of Richie Pope and his illustration honoring Frederick Douglass to commemorate the first day of Black History Month, as well as Douglass’ birthday. Pope’s drawing shows Douglass in front of a newspaper background inspired by the North Star, which Douglass published from 1847 to 1851.
Throughout social media, people have been honoring Douglass and the contributions he made during his lifetime:
Douglass, who was considered the most important black American leader of the 19th century, not only was an outstanding orator, writer, supporter of women’s rights and abolitionist, but was also the first black man to be nominated to become vice president of the United States.
Monday’s Google Doodle isn’t only apropos—it is also a way to educate those who may not have known about Douglass’ accomplishments.