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Moses Roper (c.1815 - 1891)

Moses Roper (c. 1815 – April 15, 1891) was a mulatto slave who wrote one of the major early books about life as a slave in the United States — Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of ...


George Joseph Herriman (1880 - 1944)

George Joseph Herriman (August 22, 1880 – April 25, 1944) was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Krazy Kat (1913–1944). More influential than popular, Krazy Kat had a...


Grace Towns Hamilton (1907 - 1992)

Grace Towns-Hamilton (1907–1992) was the first African American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly. As executive director of the Atlanta Urban League 1943–1960, Hamilton wa...


George Alexander Towns Sr. was an educator, poet and playwright who received degrees from both Atlanta University and Harvard University. At Atlanta University he taught English, Pedagogy and debate sk...


George Kirkland (USA) (1839 - 1861)

George Kirkland, who was more than three-quarters white, enlisted as a white in the Union Army in 1861 after the war broke out. He was killed in action on August 10, 1861. After difficulties in establi...


Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly MP (1818 - 1907)

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (February 1818 – May 1907) (sometimes spelled Keckly) was a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civic activist and author in Washington, DC. She was best k...


Kyla Briana Ross MP

Aliso Viejo, Orange, California, United States

Aliso Viejo, Orange, California, United States

Kyla Ross is an American artistic gymnast who was a member of the gold medal-winning US Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Ross was born on October 24, 1996 in Honolulu, H...


Henry "Hank" R. Cosby (May 12, 1928, Detroit, Michigan – January 22, 2002, Detroit, Michigan) was an American songwriter and record producer for Motown. Although he worked with many of the...


James Pierson Beckwourth MP (1798 - 1866)

James Pierson Beckwourth (April 6, 1798 Frederick County, Virginia – October 29, 1866, Denver) was an American mountain man, fur trader, and explorer. An African American born into slavery in ...


Walter Beverly Pearson (c.1861 - 1917)

Walter Beverly Pearson (1862 - May 19, 1917) was an American inventor, industrialist and president of the Standard Screw Company. It became known as Stanadyne Automotive Corporation. He is believ...


Donald Lendburg Loving (1958 - 2000)

Photo: on right in photo (with his father) Sources, Donald Lendburg Loving


Jane White (1922 - 2011)

Jane White (October 30, 1922 – July 24, 2011) was an actress of African American and European descent. Born in New York City, she attended Smith College and The New School. In 1945, she ma...


Walter Francis White MP (1893 - 1955)

WALTER FRANCIS WHITE, 1893-1955 Walter White was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 1, 1893. He was one of the seven children (he had five sisters and one brother) of George White, a Post Office emplo...


Blanche Kelso Bruce (March 1, 1841 – March 17, 1898) was a U.S. politician who represented Mississippi as a Republican in the U.S. Senate from 1875 to 1881 and was the first elected African-Am...


Colin Powell, 65th United States Secretary of State MP

Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, United States

Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi, United States

Colin Luther Powell (born April 5, 1937) is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001–2005), serving...


Rashida Leah Jones (born February 25, 1976) is an American film and television actress, comic book author, screenwriter and occasional singer. She played Louisa Fenn on Boston Public and Karen Filippel...


Frederick Madison Roberts MP (1879 - 1952)

Frederick Madison Roberts (September 14, 1879–July 19, 1952) was an American newspaper owner and editor, educator and business owner who was the first known man of African American descent ele...


Quincy Delightt Jones, Jr. (born March 14, 1933) is an American record producer and musician. A conductor, musical arranger, film composer, television producer, and trumpeter. His career spans five dec...


Harriet Heckman (Hemings) MP (1801 - 1870)


Harriet (b. 1801), a spinner in Jefferson's textile shop, also left Monticello in 1821 or 1822, probably with her brother, and passed for white. ------------------------------------------------------...


The only professional boxer to win the heavy-weight championship three times, Muhammad Ali provided leadership and an example for African American men and women around the world with his political and ...


Engineer and grandson of Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. . Adam C. Powell, IV is an engineering consultant working in materials and high performance computing. Dr. Powell's technical background ...


Grandson of Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. .


Langston Hughes MP (1902 - 1967)

Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of th...


Charlotte Hawkins Brown (1883 - 1961)

Charlotte Hawkins (1883-1961), born in Henderson, North Carolina, was a northern-educated granddaughter of former slaves. She returned to her home state as a teacher in 1901, and the following year e...


Spike Lee MP

"Spike", "Spike Lee"

Controversial filmmaker Spike Lee is known for powerful films such as She's Gotta Have It (1986), School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Malcolm X (1992), and many othe...


Solange's father is African-American, and her mother is of Creole descent (French, African and Native American). Solange's maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, and Solange's ...


Charles Henry Langston (1817 - 1892)

"Charles Quarles"

Charles Henry Langston (1817–1892), was an American abolitionist and political activist born free in Louisa County, Virginia, the son of a wealthy planter who provided for his education and en...


Together with his older brothers Gideon and Charles, John Langston became active in the Abolitionist movement. He helped runaway slaves to escape to the North along the Ohio part of the Underground R...


Booker T. Washington MP (1856 - 1915)

Booker Taliaferro Washington (5 April 1858 – 14 November 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, advisor to Republican presidents, and black political leader. He was the dominant...


John's birth name was Hemings..he later adopted the name Jefferson. He was the grandson of Sarah Hemings, a slave owned by Thomas Jefferson. DNA tests in 1998 confirmed that a male descendant of John...


Essie Mae Washington-Williams (born October 12, 1925) is the oldest child of former United States Senator and former Governor of South Carolina Strom Thurmond. Of mixed race, she was born to Carrie B...


Beyoncé Giselle Knowles MP 100

"JuJu", "Sasha Fierce"

New York, NY, USA

New York, NY, USA

Beyonce's father is African-American, and her mother is of Creole descent (French, African and Native American). Beyonce's maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, and Beyonce's na...


George William Fairfax MP (1729 - 1787)

George William Fairfax (February 26, 1729 – April 3, 1787) was a member of the landed gentry of late colonial Virginia. He was a contemporary and good friend of George Washington. Fairfax wa...


Eston John Jefferson MP (1808 - 1856)

"Easton John Hemmings"

Eston was born a slave at Monticello in 1808, the youngest of Sally Heming's six children. Eston was freed in 1829 at the age of 21, as provided for in President Jefferson's will. The following year,...


Madison Jefferson MP (1805 - 1877)

"Madison", "Hemmings"

Madison HEMINGS [Parents] 1, 2, 3, 4 was born on 19 Jan 1805 in Monticello, Virginia. He died in 1877. He married Mary Hughes MCCOY in 1831. Madison Hemings was born in Monticello, Albemarle, Virg...


Alex Haley (1921 - 1992)


Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an African-American writer. He is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family and the co-author of...


Frederick Douglass MP (c.1817 - 1895)

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he b...


Anne Fairfax Washington Lee m.2 MP (1728 - 1761)


The Fairfaxes and George Washington Anne FAIRFAX was born in 1728 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts. Anne married Lawrence WASHINGTON, son of Augustine WASHINGTON and Jane BUTLER, in July 1743 ...


Adam Clayton Powell III (born 1946) is an American journalist, media executive, and scholar who currently serves as Director of Washington Policy Initiatives for the University of Southern California a...