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It was Johnnie Cochran's dream to bring justice to all Americans who suffer because of the wrongdoing of individuals, corporations or governmental entities.

It was Johnnie Cochran's dream to bring justice to all Americans who suffer because of the wrongdoing of individuals, corporations or governmental entities.

Vivian Gordon Harsh, librarian and participant in Chicago's Black Renaissance.

Vivian Gordon Harsh, librarian and participant in Chicago's Black Renaissance.

Fredi Washington refused to "pass" for white, at Hollywood's suggestion, and was therefore typecast as mixed race and never allowed a flourishing career. Her stance, however, made her an advocate among African Americans.

Fredi Washington refused to "pass" for white, at Hollywood's suggestion, and was therefore typecast as mixed race and never allowed a flourishing career. Her stance, however, made her an advocate among African Americans.

Primetime CNN News Achor Bernard Shaw was one of the last of the "old school" journalists on TV. He was always dead serious on the air, never a jovial bantering newsman. He delivered the news with solemn impartiality -- not like most present-day reporters who seem to have attended drama school, and "report the news" as much with their facial expressions and tone of voice as with the words they read.

Primetime CNN News Achor Bernard Shaw was one of the last of the "old school" journalists on TV. He was always dead serious on the air, never a jovial bantering newsman. He delivered the news with solemn impartiality -- not like most present-day reporters who seem to have attended drama school, and "report the news" as much with their facial expressions and tone of voice as with the words they read.

Nina Mae McKinney: known as the black "Greta Garbo" she was one of the first African American actresses in the U.S. and one of the first black actresses to appear in British television

Nina Mae McKinney: known as the black "Greta Garbo" she was one of the first African American actresses in the U.S. and one of the first black actresses to appear in British television

NASA's first African-American manager.  Dorothy Johnson Vaughan (1910–2008) was an African American mathematician who worked at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor agency to NASA. Prior to arriving at NACA's Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1943.

NASA's first African-American manager. Dorothy Johnson Vaughan (1910–2008) was an African American mathematician who worked at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor agency to NASA. Prior to arriving at NACA's Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1943.

Part 14: Who Was Susie King Taylor? Susie King Taylor ~ August 1848 – October, 1912  Notable Facts:    * Teacher; first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia  * Army nurse, serving during the American Civil War  * Author of “Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers”, she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. Reflections:Susie King Taylor began life as…

Part 14: Who Was Susie King Taylor? Susie King Taylor ~ August 1848 – October, 1912 Notable Facts: * Teacher; first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia * Army nurse, serving during the American Civil War * Author of “Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers”, she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. Reflections:Susie King Taylor began life as…

Johnnie L. Cochran, 1937-2004 68 yo Cochran underwent surgery, which led to his staying away from the media. Shortly thereafter, he told the New York Post he was feeling well, and that he was in good health. He died at his home in Los Angeles on from a brain tumor.

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Johnnie L. Cochran, 1937-2004 68 yo Cochran underwent surgery, which led to his staying away from the media. Shortly thereafter, he told the New York Post he was feeling well, and that he was in good health. He died at his home in Los Angeles on from a brain tumor.

Carol Mosley Braun became the first African-American woman elected to the United States Senate in 1992. She served until 1999.

Bow Down! 65 Boundary-Breaking Black Women Who Have Paved the Way

Carol Mosley Braun became the first African-American woman elected to the United States Senate in 1992. She served until 1999.

Brooker T. Washington was a famous civil rights activist. He focused on a key part of the segregation- the rights to a proper education that were being denied to the African American youth. He built and funded the Tuskegee Institute which had a positive impact on the American society. African Americans especially benefited.

Brooker T. Washington was a famous civil rights activist. He focused on a key part of the segregation- the rights to a proper education that were being denied to the African American youth. He built and funded the Tuskegee Institute which had a positive impact on the American society. African Americans especially benefited.

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