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Joseph Louis Barrow(May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981) The world heavyweight boxing champion from June 22, 1937, until March 1, 1949, Joe Louis held the title longer than anyone else in history.
Henry H. Garnett( Dec.23, 1815 - 1882) In 1864 Garnett became pastor of the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, February 12, 1865 Garnet preached a sermon in the U.S. House of Representatives. Although he did not address Congress, his presentation was the first by an African American in the Capitol Building.
Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
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Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler (February 8, 1831 – March 9, 1895) was an American physician. Rebecca Lee was the first African American woman to become a physician in the United States.She married Dr. Arthur Crumpler after the Civil War. Her publication of A Book of Medical Discourses in 1883 was one of the first written by an African American about medicine.
The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American military pilots who fought in World War II. Formally, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces.
Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898 - December 15, 1987) Septima Poinsette Clark was an American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights and civil ...
Coretta Scott King ( April 27, 1927 - January 30, 2006, ) was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate for African-American equality. The Wife of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Ella Jo Baker (December 13,1903 -December 13, 1986) An active civil rights leader in the 1930s, Ms. Baker fought for civil rights for five decades, working alongside W.E.B Dubois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr. She even mentored well-known civil rights activist, Rosa Parks.
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Alton H. Maddox, Jr. (born 1945, in Newnan, Georgia) is an African American lawyer who was involved in several publicized cases in the 1980s before his law license was wrongfully and indefinitely suspended in 1990 by the New York State Supreme Court.
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Charles Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
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