Augustin Edward Birch was chosen as my notable African American because of the time he grew up in. I am apart of an African American studies class at the University of Kentucky and I know from the educational experience that the time Birch grew up (1908-2000) was some of the harshest times for African Americans. Birch was not only apart of the Reconstruction period, but he was also apart of the "Jim Crow" era and the civil rights movements. He played his roll in our local region of the southeast by being a positive influence on the people around him. Augustin Edward Birch is a notable African American hero, that will never be forgotten.