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Daniel G. Hill: Human Rights Specialist, Historian & Public Servant

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

Daniel G. Hill was a human rights specialist, historian, and public servant. He was prominent in the movement to overturn racial discrimination in Canada. Hill arrived in the country for graduate studies but committed himself to the quest for justice. As an activist in 1950s, Hill used public awareness as a tool to combat prejudice. […]

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Jacob Dobson: First Known Person of African Descent in Nevada

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

Jacob Dodson was an African-American member of John C. Fremont’s group of explorers who traversed Nevada in the mid-1840s. Dodson was one of the first know persons of African descent to enter the territory of Nevada. Dodson, a free black, was employed as Fremont’s personal valet as early as 1843. He accompanied Fremont on his […]

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Roy DeCarava: Great American Artist and Photographer of Harlem, New York

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

Roy DeCarava was one of the greatest artists and photographers during the Harlem Renaissance. Born in 1919, he was the only child to Elfreda, a Jamaican woman, and Andrew DeCarava. At the very young age of five, DeCarava showed great artistic ability: he did chalk drawings, made jewelry with friends, and did sketches. He worked […]

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Hall Johnson: Violinist, Composer & Musical Director in New York and Hollywood

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

Hall Johnson was a violinist, composer, and musical director. Johnson was the founder of an acclaimed black choir that set the standard for the performance of African American spirituals. Born on March 12, 1888, in Athens, Georgia, Hall Johnson was the son of William Decker Johnson, a minister, and Alice Virginia Sansom, a former slave. […]

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National Negro Health Week: Formed to Educate Black Communities on Proper Health Practices

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

National Negro Health Week was started in 1915. Observed during the first week of April, it focused on educating black communities throughout America on methods of acquiring health care as well as informed students on proper health practices. Health Improvement Week evolved into the National Negro Health Week and was observed annually for 35 years. The program […]

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Vincent Tubbs: First African American to Head a Motion Picture Industry Union

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

Vincent Tubbs was a leading African American journalist, who became the first black person to head a motion picture industry union. Born Verley Trenton Tubbs, Jr. in Dallas, Texas, on September 25, 1915, he later became known as Vincent Trenton Tubbs, Jr. After completing his primary education, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he […]

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Henry D. Marrow: 1970 Racial Killing in Oxford, North Carolina

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

On May 11, 1970, a racial killing outraged the black community in Oxford, North Carolina. Henry Dortress Marrow, a 23-year-old man, was murdered by a white man and two of his sons. Marrow was known as “Dickie” by his friends and had returned home to Oxford after serving in Army before his murder. Henry “Dickie” […]

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Rufus Atwood: Leading Academic Educator

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

Rufus Atwood was a leading academic educator. He served during in World War I, and later became president of Kentucky State College for Colored Persons (later Kentucky State College for Negroes and now Kentucky State University). Atwood was born on March 15, 1897, near Hickman, Kentucky. He was the child of former slaves. He grew […]

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Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg: First African American Female to Own a Radio Station

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

Martha Jean “The Queen” Steinberg, was a black radio pioneer and scholar.  She started her radio career in 1954 at WDIA, in Memphis, Tennessee and went on to set guidelines and standards for black radio. In 1963, radio station WCHB in Inkster, Michigan invited her to the Detroit area where she became an instant success. […]

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Mantan Moreland: Comedic Actor During the 1930s & 1940s

May 15, 2020 08:45 am

Mantan Moreland was an American actor and comedian best-known for his work during the 1930s and 1940s. Moreland was born in Monroe, Louisiana, to Frank, an old-time Dixie band leader, and Marcella Moreland. By the time Moreland was an adolescent, he ran away from home to perform in circuses and traveling medicine shows. He worked his […]

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