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Black Historians

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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.

John Lewis (left) and Hosea Williams, leaders of the Voting Rights campaign in Selma Alabama in February-March 1965. Both men were later elected to the US House of Representatives from Georgia.

Isabel Wilkerson, the first African American/Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism and author of the masterpiece book: "The Warmth of Other Sons." She studied journalism at Howard University where she was editor-in-chief for the Howard University Hilltop student newspaper.

Maya Angelou performs at New York's Village Vanguard, accompanied by Clarence Williams. c. 1960

Black Cowboys of the West | ... , aka: Deadwood Dick - The greatest black cowboy in the American West

Dr. James E. West Electret Microphone Inventor Ninety percent of microphones used today are based on the ingenuity of James Edward West, an African-American inventor born in 1931 in Prince Edwards County, VA. If you’ve ever talked on the telephone, you’ve probably used his invention.

Dr. James E. West: Electret Microphone Inventor

University of Alabama Elects First Black Student Government Association President In Almost 40 Years

U of Alabama Elects First Black SGA Pres In Almost 40 Years

Little Known Actors - Theresa Harris, Theresa Harris (1906 - 1985) was an African American actress who starred in a number of supporting and or uncredited roles in films between 1929 and 1958. Source: Classic Hollywood 101- classichollywood1...

Classic Hollywood 101: Little Known Actors - Theresa Harris

Charles Hamilton Houston was a prominent African American lawyer, Dean of Howard University Law School, and NAACP Litigation Director who played a significant role in dismantling the Jim Crow laws, which earned him the title The Man Who Killed Jim Crow. He is also well known for having trained future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.’ (photo: Charles Hamilton Houston)

Esther Rolle, First African American and first person to win the Emmy Award Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries

Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown (January 7, 1919 – June 13, 2004, also known as "Dr. D.", was an African-American surgeon, legislator, and teacher. She was the first female surgeon of African-American ancestry from the Southeastern United States. She was also the first African American to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly having been elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Dorothy Lavinia Brown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia