Archive for August 2011

Charlotta Bass

Aug 31st, 2011 | By
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1880-1969  Charlotta Bass used her influence as the publisher of a newspaper to uncover injustice and fight for civil rights. She campaigned for vice president of the United States and used the resulting media coverage to call attention to such issues. Climbing the Ladder Bass was born Charlotta Amanda Spears in October of 1880 in
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Pearl Bailey

Aug 30th, 2011 | By
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1918-1990  Pearl Mae Bailey was a Big Band Era singer and actress whose career encompassed appearances on Broadway and in film. Over a nearly 40-year span, Bailey produced hit singles, caused a sensation on stage and screen, and earned a Tony award and multiple appointments as the U.S. Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations under
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Sadie Alexander

Aug 29th, 2011 | By
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1898-1989  Sadie Mossell Alexander distinguished herself as a civil rights leader, accomplished lawyer, and political activist through academic excellence and personal endurance. She became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in the United States, and helped create opportunities for underprivileged Blacks during the Civil Rights Movement. A Scholar and Lawyer Alexander was
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George F. Grant

Aug 28th, 2011 | By
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1846-1910  A dentist by trade, Dr. George F. Grant also distinguished himself as an educator, scholar, and inventor. Grant earned acclaim as both an innovator in dental practice and as a frequent and vocal commentator on the development of dentistry. Even at leisure, his active mind never stopped working overtime: he filed the first U.S.
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Ralph David Abernathy

Aug 27th, 2011 | By
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1926-1990  Ralph David Abernathy was an inspirational church pastor and an important activist in the struggle for civil rights. His leadership role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and his alliance with Martin Luther King, Jr., helped spur desegregation and create a more promising future for African Americans in the United States. An Ambitious Beginning Abernathy
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Fredi Washington

Aug 26th, 2011 | By
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1903-1994  Fredi Washington, an ivory-skinned African American beauty with exceptional acting talent, was the tragic victim of the racial stereotypes, fears, and prejudices of her time. Unable to develop a career as a serious black actress, and unwilling to pretend to be white, she became an important activist and journalist in the field of black
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Carl Lewis

Aug 25th, 2011 | By
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1961-Present  Frederick Carlton “Carl” Lewis achieved numerous world records over a long career, and across four track and field events: the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints, the 400-meter relay, and the long jump. In 1984, he confidently fulfilled his own prediction and won four gold medals in a single Olympic games. An Athletic Family Lewis was
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Jules Bledsoe

Aug 24th, 2011 | By
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1899?-1943  Jules Bledsoe was an exceptionally accomplished singer of classical music, spirituals, and the contemporary show tunes of his time, and a talented composer of vocal music as well. Launched to prominence by his unforgettable performance in the original Broadway production of Show Boat, he transcended racial discrimination in his native Texas and throughout the
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Walter Francis White

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By
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1893-1955  Walter Francis White spent most of his highly accomplished career in the service of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and led the organization during a crucial period in American racial history to a position of undeniable political power and broad interracial support. A New Middle Class White was born in
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Oscar Micheaux

Aug 21st, 2011 | By
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1884-1951  Oscar Micheaux was a pioneer writer and filmmaker during the formative years of the motion picture industry. Over a period of more than 20 years, he wrote, produced, directed, distributed, and marketed more than 30 groundbreaking feature films oriented toward the African American audience. From Porter to Pioneer Micheaux was born outside Metropolis, Illinois,
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