When visionary scientist, educator and public policy innovator Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson received her doctorate in physics, she was one of the first two African American women to do so in the United States.
Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents divorced when she was only three and she was sent with her brother Bailey to live with their grandmother in the small town of Stamps, Arkansas.
Thomas Blackshear | African-American Visionary painter. Born in Waco, Texas and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, celebrated artist and illustrator Thomas Blackshear II displayed an affinity for the arts from an early age. His unique aptitude in drawing and painting earned him a scholarship to the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois where he refined his craft.
Best List of African-American Scholarship Opportunities. It is without question that African-Americans need scholarships, grants, and financial-aid. This report seeks to provide a compilation of scholarships, grants, and financial-aid resources for African-Americans, as well as commentary regarding African-Americans and scholarships. http://www.naas.org/african-american-scholarships.php
Hazel Scott - (1920-1981) Jazz Musician. Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, she began playing piano at the age of two. Hazel began formal music training after the family had moved to the United States in 1924 and recieved 6 scholarships to Julliard School of Music - which she had to turn down as she was only 14. During the early 1950s, she became the first black woman to have her own television show, but due to accusations of being a communist; her show was canceled.
Dr. Marie Daly was a trailblazer in the field of biochemistry, and was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Daly was a pioneer in researching the connection between high cholesterol and heart disease. #WomenInSTEM
William H. Johnson (1901–1970) was a talented artist who became famous for his Scandinavian landscape paintings and "primitive" scenes of black life. A South Carolina native and son of an African-American/Sioux woman and a white man, Johnson moved to New York in 1918 to study at the National Academy of Design. In 1926, he was passed over for a traveling scholarship because of his race. Considered one of the school's most talented students, a teacher gave him 1000 dollars to travel…