Thomas Greene Bethune, nicknamed Blind Tom, 1st Black pianist to win national fame. He was was also the 1st black artist known to have performed at the White House. Then about age 10, he played the piano for President James Buchanan. Born a slave near Columbus, Georgia, his talent as a composer and a pianist was soon recognized by Colonel Bethune, who had PURCHASED him in 1850.
The most untalked about, unappreciated, unknown giant in the African American community - Vivien_Thomas was an African-American surgical technician who developed the procedures used to treat blue baby syndrome in the 1940s.
Yes. 2nd Pinter: I knew about this and thanks to movies like "Panther" which helped educate other's; more of our people aware of Cointelpro, or the Counter Intelligence Program which the name is hyphenated from.