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Nella Larsen

Sep 16th, 2011 | By
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1891-1964  Nella Larsen, an acclaimed novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, became the first African American woman to win a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Most famous for her two books, Passing and Quicksand, she disappeared from the public eye after a plagiarism accusation and a high-profile divorce. She spent the last 30 years of her life in
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Loïs Mailou Jones

Sep 15th, 2011 | By
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1905-1998  Loïs Mailou Jones was an illustrator, fine artist, and educator who achieved distinction by fusing African and Caribbean influences with American abstraction and modernism. Her artwork is displayed by important museums throughout the world. Intellectual Encouragement Jones was born on November 3, 1905, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was the younger of two children of
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William H. Johnson

Sep 14th, 2011 | By
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1901-1970  William Henry Johnson combined European Modernist aesthetics with southern folk tales and legends to create fine art paintings that startled audiences throughout Europe and the United States. From South Carolina to the South of France Johnson was born in Florence, South Carolina, in 1901. His parents, Henry Johnson and Alice Smoot, were both laborers.
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Hall Johnson

Sep 13th, 2011 | By
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1888-1970  Hall Johnson was a virtuoso violinist, composer, and musical director in New York and Hollywood. He was the founder of an acclaimed black choir that set the standard for the performance of African American spirituals. Steeped in Music Johnson was born on March 12, 1888, in Athens, Georgia, the son of William Decker Johnson,
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Daniel “Chappie” James

Sep 12th, 2011 | By
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1920-1978  Daniel “Chappie” James dedicated his life to an extraordinary career in the U.S. Air Force. Over the course of three wars, in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, he completed more than 160 combat missions as a fighter pilot. In recognition of his achievements, he received the honor of being the first African American in America’s
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Pauline E. Hopkins

Sep 11th, 2011 | By
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1859-1930  Pauline E. Hopkins was a talented and politically motivated writer of fiction, essays, and biographies. Her early publishing efforts, and her direct approach to race and black empowerment, were seminal elements in African American literature. An Expressive Family Hopkins was born on August 13, 1859, in Portland, Maine. Her parents, Northrup Hopkins and Sarah
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Jimi Hendrix

Sep 10th, 2011 | By
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1942-1970  Jimi Hendrix was among the most innovative and influential musicians of the 20th century. His highly charged and intuitive guitar playing and his early death cemented his brief career into legend. Playing by Ear Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. His father, James Allen Ross Hendrix—a landscaper by trade—had been
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Oliver W. Harrington

Sep 9th, 2011 | By
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1912-1995  Oliver Wendell Harrington was one of America’s most talented and influential political cartoonists in the decades between the Great Depression and the end of the Cold War. After leaving the United States during the McCarthy era, he became a key member of the African American expatriate community in Paris, and lived out his final
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Lorraine Hansberry

Sep 8th, 2011 | By
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1930-1965  Playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun was the first drama by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. Widely acclaimed, it helped pave the way for other black playwrights. She completed only two plays in her short life, but left unfinished works that published posthumously, extended her contribution to literature,
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Angelina Weld Grimké

Sep 7th, 2011 | By
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1880-1958  Angelina Weld Grimké was a poet and educator from a prominent, multiracial family. Her published works include passionate protests against racism and eloquent portrayals of the issues faced by black Americans in the early 20th century. Famous Family Grimké was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1880. Her mother, Sarah E. Stanley, was
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