Don Shirley

Don Shirley was one of the most talented musicians in the United States, but his limited opportunities to showcase his musical passion left him as an unknown genius to the majority of the masses. Read more


Ella Baker

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Ella Baker is one of the most significant pioneers of the civil rights era but was cast behind the scenes as women were often forced to take a backseat to men, even when fighting for common rights.
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Malcolm X

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Malcolm X is considered one of the most influential activists in the history of the United States, giving a voice to the disenfranchised. Read more


Matt Baker

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Matt Baker is often considered the first known successful African-American artist in the comic-book industry. Read more


Charlie Sifford

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Charlie Sifford was a pioneer in the world of golf, helping to dismantle the “Caucasian-only clause” and opened the game of golf to generations of Black golfers. Read more


Willie O’Ree

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Willie O’Ree is honored by many as the “Jackie Robinson” of hockey, as he was the first Black player in the league’s history. But his efforts to change the culture of the game spanned many decades beyond his playing days. Read more


Bayard Rustin

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Bayard Rustin spent years in the background of the shadows of the great civil rights leader of the 1960’s, despite being the man who taught, organized and led them. Read more


Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass was the most well-known Black person in America as he bravely fought for the cause of the abolishment of slavery in the United States. Read more


Matthew Henson

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Though ignored at the time, history has discovered the true contributions of Mathew Henson, the co-discoverer of the North Pole along with Rear Admiral Robert Perry. Read more


Jesse Owens

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More than just a celebrated athlete, Jesse Owens took his country on his shoulders and shocked the world winning four gold medal in the 1939 Berlin Olympic Games. Read more