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Ebele Mogo

Ebele Mogo is the author of Courage and Clarity and president of Engage Africa Foundation. She regularly blogs at Street-Side Convos and has been published in the Kalahari Review, The Human Touch: A Journal of Poetry Prose, and the Visual Arts by the University of Colorado Center for BioEthics and Humanities, Poetry Potion, Pennwood Review, and Sentinel Nigeria.


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A young woman of Nigerian descent grew up thinking of Dr. King as "distant American hero." On this first day of Black History Month, she shares how she came to understand this American icon differently — and how his complex + contradictory human side creates an opening for all of us to be heroic, and not perfect.