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Larry Doby

Larry Doby is forever viewed as number two, the second Black player and the second Black manager in modern Major League Baseball, but this should not obscure his Hall of Fame career nor the struggles he endured. Read more

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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was one of the most celebrated and respected writers/poets of the Harlem Renaissance and was a fore bearer of great authors of the Black Experience. Read more

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Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall is known as the first Black Justice of the United States Supreme Court but he is really defined by his work as a civil rights lawyer which redefined life in the United States. Read more

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William Hastie

William Hastie had one of the most distinguished careers as an earlier Black political pioneer but today remains unknown to most Americans. As a politician, an educator and a jurist, Hastie made inroads and left a legacy that is hard to match in history. Read more

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Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain is universally recognized as one of the greatest basketball players in history, but he may well be the most under-rated player in history. While this may sound absurd, if one truly looks at the career, accomplishments and achievements of Wilt and balances them against the criticism and restrictions aimed at him, he stood (literally) head and shoulders above every other player in basketball history. Beyond that, he was one of the greatest all-around athletes in history, achieving Hall of Fame status in two different sports. Read more

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Harriet Tubman

Perhaps one of the most amazing and inspirational figures to spring up, not only in African American culture, but in world terms, is that of Harriet Tubman. She dedicated herself to the liberation and freedom of her people from the tyranny that was slavery, putting her own life on the line in order to do it. This is her unique story. Read more

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Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson is known as the man who broke the color line in baseball but his accomplishments on and off the field left a legacy that few have come close to matching. Read more

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Elijah McCoy

Although the name Elijah McCoy may be a mystery to many people, the scale of his ingenuity and the quality of his inventions have created a level of distinction which bears his name. Read more

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Jan Matzeliger

Often, the greatest inventions are those which simplify necessary tasks. Such is the case with Jan Matzeliger, the man who made it possible for ordinary people to purchase shoes. Read more

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Lewis Latimer

Lewis Latimer is considered one of the ten most important Black inventors of all time, not only for the sheer number of inventions produced and patents secured but also for the degree of importance for his most famous discovery. Read more