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Meta W. Fuller

Sep 6th, 2011 | By
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1877-1968  Meta Fuller was one of America’s first prominent women sculptors. Her artwork portrays the black experience with deep emotion through the use of figures experiencing both profound suffering and radiant joy. An Apprenticeship in Paris Fuller was born in a middle-class neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 1877. Her parents, William and Emma
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T. Thomas Fortune

Sep 5th, 2011 | By
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1856-1928  T. Thomas Fortune was an influential publisher, writer, and organizer at the turn of the 20th century. Closely associated with prominent educator and activist Booker T. Washington for a decade, he set standards for integrity and professionalism in African American journalism. Printer’s Assistant to Publisher Fortune was born in Marianna, Florida, on October 3,
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Henry Ossian Flipper

Sep 4th, 2011 | By
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1856-1940  Henry Ossian Flipper was the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After an unwarranted dishonorable discharge from the Army, he enjoyed a long, distinguished career as a mining engineer, legal authority, and author. Breaking Ground at West Point Flipper was born in Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21,
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Robert S. Duncanson

Sep 3rd, 2011 | By
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1821?-1872  Robert Scott Duncanson was an African American artist noted for his landscapes, murals, and portraits. Touted at one point as the “best landscape painter in the West,” he was the first black artist to receive international recognition for his self-taught works. An Ambitious Artist Duncanson was born sometime in 1821 in Seneca County, in
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Joseph Cinqué

Sep 2nd, 2011 | By
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c.1814-c.1879  Joseph Cinqué led an 1839 mutiny on board the Cuban schooner Amistad, initiating the first slave rebellion in history to be successfully defended in American courts. Captured off Long Island and nearly prosecuted on charges of murder, Cinqué and his fellow Amistad rebels were eventually set free following a Supreme Court decision that opposed
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Ray Charles

Sep 1st, 2011 | By
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1930-2004  Ray Charles was a multitalented musician who artfully combined disparate musical traditions into his own pioneering genre. He overcame blindness and tragedy to become one of the most beloved and popular musicians of the 20th century. Tragedy in Childhood Charles was born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia, on September 23, 1930. Shortly afterwards,
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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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