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  • Bessie Coleman, 1st American Aviatrix (1892 - 1926)
    Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African-America...
  • Ethel Waters (1896 - 1977)
    Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage a...
  • Sojourner Truth (1797 - 1883)
    Isabella her given name at birth Sojourner Truth she later changed her given name to and added Truth as her surname, of which she never had a.k.a. Belle, Isabella Baumfree or Bomfree or Boumfre...
  • Marian Elinda-Blanc Anderson (1897 - 1993)
    Marian Anderson b. February 27, 1897 d. April 8, 1993 Marian Anderson was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Most of her singing career was...
  • Phillis Wheatley, First African-American Poet (1753 - 1784)
    'Phillis Wheatley this profile to Honor her life and her poetry Phillis was ''''''purchased by the Wheatley family (John & Susanna Wheatley) of Boston, Massachussetts, USA. (Wheatley- a Bostoni...

Known and unknown Black actresses, comediennes, dancers, sports figures, and musicians that are alive or deceased. They made many contributions and accomplishments to motion pictures and the stage. Check out the Documents section for photos and posters. See below for bios, filmographies and our Links section for more info on these legends. Join us as we pay tribute to these fabulous and often unheralded women.

Some names were taken from the State Farm Insurance Presents A Journey into 366 Days of Black History, 2000 Calendar. Published by 10KTS Productions.

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(Some Legends already have a Geni profile, for example Bessie Smith,see on right hand of page ----->)

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