WATCH: Did You Know Renowned Economist Thomas Sowell was born in Gastonia?

RALEIGH – The John Locke Foundation is highlighting influential black Americans during black history month, and, as you might imagine, the ones purposely ignored by the Left. One of these influential black Americans is none other than economist and thinker Thomas Sowell.

But Sowell is something else, too; he’s a North Carolinian by birth.

As one of the most quoted conservative thinkers out there, you’ve almost certainly read (and appreciated) his succinct insights, on anything from economic incentives, to the welfare state, to what plagues education. Learn a little more about Sowell in this video from the John Locke Foundation:

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