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Black Historians

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Africa | King Chevy-Zeh Jean Gervais King of Korou Kingdom in the Ivory Coast while attending the18th birthday and coronation celebrations of Uganda's King of the Tooro Kingdom, King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, in Karuzika Royal Palace at Fort Portal, Uganda | © Benedicte Desrus

Her Imperial Highness Princess Sara Gizaw, Duchess of Harrar by skibriye, via Flickr

The hand of King Bonoua, Ivory Coast

Marcus Garvey and the King of Dahomey

Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, born into a royal West African Dynasty, became a slave of the King of Dahomey at 5 years old. In June 1850, Commodore Forbes of H.M.S. Bonetta arrived in Dahomey and the King presented him with the girl as a gift for Queen Victoria and was taken to England. A unique and admired figure in history, she spent her life between the British Royal household and her homeland in Africa.

BLACK HOUDINI | 1920s Black magician and his assistants. From the book “A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts, 1920-1936

The Last Full Blooded Aztec Couple

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

Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Steward was the first Black American woman to earn a medical doctorate (M.D.) in New York State and the third in the United States.

Maj. Robert H. Lawrence, first African American Man in Space

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Young. The first African American to attain the rank of Colonel in the United States Army and its highest ranking African American until the day he died.

Poet, Phyllis Wheatley, born into slavery in 1753 in Boston MA. First African American woman to have her writings published

by LJ., via Flickr The gripping portraiture of accountant turned self-taught photographer Lee Jeffries Gritty and powerful portraits, most often of the homeless.

Francine Everett (April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999) was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.

Zakiya Randall ‘Z’ the youngest and first female african american in History to Win the 1st Place Medal in LPGA U.S. Women’s Open

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James Wormley Jones was the first African American special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation on November 19, 1919. For J. Edgar Hoover, he was known by the code number "800". His job was to go into Harlem and to infiltrate the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) movement and to try and find evidence that could be used to build the legal case for ultimately getting rid of Marcus Garvey.

Today in Black History, 9/22/2013

sculpture depicting Civil Rights era

Mary Church Terrell, (1863 – 1954), daughter of former slaves, was one of the first black women to earn a college degree. She became an activist who led several important associations, including the National Association of Colored Women, and worked for civil rights and suffrage. Active in the Republican Party, she was president of the Women's Republican League during W. G. Harding's 1920 presidential campaign and the first election in which all American women were given the right to vote.

Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915; Hale's Ford, VA) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the US. Between 1890 & 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. He was born a slave in VA. After emancipation, his family resettled in WV. He worked his way through Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute (now Hampton University) & attended college at Wayland Seminary (now Virginia Union University).

Journalist Ed Bradley Bradley, the first African American at CBS to be a White House correspondent and a Sunday night anchor, covered a broad array of stories with insight and aplomb during his 39-year career, from war to politics to sensitive portraits of artists. He won virtually every broadcast news award -- some of them more than once.

Ed Bradley Biography at Black History Now

LaVern Baker (1960) // The first Black artist to file a legal grievance against white artists who produced pop covers of her hits. (A great deal of white popular music in the mid-century US was stolen from African Americans artists and toned down in production to cater to white audiences.)

Bessie Coleman, the daughter of a poor, southern, African American family, became one of the most famous women and African Americans in aviation history.

Bessie Coleman aka "Brave Bessie" or "Queen Bess”

Mia Love, first African American female mayor in Utah history

Issues | Mia Love for Congress

On this day in 1961, Patrice Lumumba was murdered through the collusion of the Belgian and US governments

Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba - first legally elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo after he helped win its independence from Belgium in June 1960. Only twelve weeks later, Lumumba's government was deposed in a coup during the Congo Crisis.[1] He was subsequently imprisoned and executed by firing squad, an act that was committed with the assistance of the government of Belgium and the United States, for which the Belgian government officially apologized in 2002.