Black History Month Great Black Person #5 of 28:
What would Black History Month be without the apostrophe? Why it would be missing out on some very esteemed members! Black history is riddled with prominent figures who were aided by the punctuation mark after it chose to ignore The Man's decree to use itself only in contractions, cases of possession, and in Irish last names. Thank you, Apostrophe, for accompanying Mo'Nique to the stage to accept her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Thanks for helping Amar'e Stoudemire become NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003 and sticking with him through six All-Star Game appearances. Thanks for being there for the hundreds and hundreds of rappers who put "Li'l" in front of their names. And You Gotta Be kidding me if you think I forgot how good you were to soulful singer Des'ree. You may be small, but you've impacted Black History Month in a big way. So let's hear it for the most Civil Rights-minded piece of punctuation out there... Apostrophe, you're the best. Period.