Social Sciences

W. E. B. DuBois

Jun 8th, 2011 | By
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1868 – 1963  William Edward Burghardt DuBois was a preeminent analyst of the roots of racism and the subordination of African Americans. He combined scholarship with activism in a tireless search for ways to improve the lives of all Blacks, everywhere. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “History cannot ignore W.E.B. DuBois….”
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Frederick Douglass

Jun 7th, 2011 | By
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1818 – 1895  Frederick Douglass was the most highly regarded African American speaker, publisher, and author of his time. His tireless efforts to abolish slavery and establish civil rights for Blacks were instrumental to the attainment of those goals in his lifetime. His intelligence and erudition set an example of what could be achieved personally,
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Carter G. Woodson

Jun 6th, 2011 | By
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1875 – 1950  Carter Godwin Woodson applied a ferocious intellect and a passion for truth to create the field of Black history, and endow it with academic rigor. His commitment to preserving and promulgating the social, cultural, and factual record of African American achievement was unswerving throughout a long and distinguished career, which was aptly
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Ida B. Wells

Jun 5th, 2011 | By
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1862 – 1931  Ida B. Wells devoted her life to social justice for Blacks and women. She became a world-famous writer and campaigner in support of these causes, published important treatises on the origins and nature of “mob rule” and the lynching of African Americans in the south, and helped to organize the women’s suffrage
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Roy Wilkins

May 31st, 2011 | By
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1901-1981  Roy Wilkins rose through the ranks of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to become one of history’s most articulate and impassioned advocates for achieving equal rights through the legislative process. Under his leadership, the NAACP was instrumental in enacting the key civil rights legislation of the era. Grandson of Slaves
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Malcolm X

May 27th, 2011 | By
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1925-1965  Malcolm X was one of the most honored and respected African American leaders during the turbulent 1960s, and a source of inspiration for generations of Blacks since. His evolution from antagonism toward non-Blacks to a vision of brotherhood had as its theme self-respect and self-reliance for all Africans everywhere, a timeless message that remains
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Sojourner Truth

May 26th, 2011 | By
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1797? – 1883  Sojourner Truth was a tireless activist proselytizing on behalf of African Americans’ and women’s rights. Through an inspiring combination of religious passion and civil rights oratory, informed by her years of mistreatment as a slave and empowered by effective legal activism, she was a singular force in the early abolitionist period and
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Fannie Lou Hamer

Aug 6th, 2010 | By
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1917-1977  Fannie Lou Hamer became active in the Civil Rights movement when she was denied the right to register to vote in Indianola, Mississippi. This experience of overt discrimination inspired the 44-year-old Hamer to give up her family life and devote her remaining years to the fight for racial equality in the south, in which
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Ralph J. Bunche

Jul 31st, 2010 | By
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1904 – 1971  Ralph Bunche blazed a lifelong record of achievement in the study of social interactions, acquired a keen understanding of racism at home and abroad, and pioneered the development of modern mediation techniques which he applied successfully to some of the most intractable conflicts of his era. One of America’s best known and
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Ed Bradley

Jul 31st, 2010 | By
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1941-2006 Edward Rudolph Bradley, Jr., was an American broadcast journalist, first in radio and then in television. He is best known for his work as an investigative reporter on the CBS television program 60 Minutes, for which he won 20 Emmy awards in the course of a 26-year career. Radio News Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
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