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Sojourner Truth MP (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...

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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...

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Phillis Wheatley, First African-American Poet MP (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...

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S. Epatha Merkerson MP

New York, New York, United States

IMDb Mini Biography A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Altho...

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Sarah "Sally" Hemings MP (c.1773 - c.1835)

Sally Hemings (Shadwell, Albemarle County, Virginia, circa 1773 – Charlottesville, Virginia, 1835) was an American slave owned by Thomas Jefferson. She is said to have been the half-sister of Je...

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Harriet Tubman MP (c.1822 - 1913)

BIRTH DATE : c.1820. Because she was a slave, and owners did not record their slaves' birthdates, the exact date of Harriet's birth is unknown -- different accounts list 1820 or 1821. BIRTH PLACE : (...

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Juanita Hall MP (1901 - 1968)

Juanita Hall (November 6, 1901 – February 28, 1968) was an American musical theatre and film actress. She is remembered for her roles in the original stage and screen versions of the Rodgers a...

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Mary Fields MP (1832 - 1914)

Mary Fields was born around 1832 Hickman, Tennessee, into slavery; and died in 1914 in Cascade, Montana of liver failure. Also known as Stagecoach Mary, she was the first African-American woman emplo...

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Rosa Louise Parks MP (1913 - 2005)

She was an African American civil rights activist, whom the U.S. Congress later called "the first lady of civil rights", and "the mother of the freedom movement". On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, A...

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Lelia (A'Lelia Walker) McWilliams MP (1885 - d.)

A'Lelia McWilliams Walker (1885-1931) Corporate Executive & Arts Supporter Exerpted from: Lelia McWilliams (1885-1931)-- born in Vickburg, Mississippi -- was a patron to the so-called "black li...

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Ada "Bricktop" Smith MP (1894 - 1984)

Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith, better known as Bricktop (August 14, 1894 — February 1, 1984) was an African-American dancer, singer, vaudevillian, and self-described saloon...

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Valerie Black MP (deceased)

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Neva Peoples MP (1914 - 1995)

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Bea Griffith MP (deceased)

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June Richmond MP (1915 - 1962)

June Richmond became one of the very first black singers to be featured regularly with a white band when she performed with Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra in 1938. An enthusiastic vocalist who was excellen...

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Edna M. Harris MP (1910 - 1997)

Edna Mae Harris was one of the best actresses of the Black race in the 1930s and 1940s. She starred in some of the best all black cast independently produced movies in the 1930s and 1940s. An attract...

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Mae Turner MP (1908 - 1999)

Attractive Mae Turner was one of the top femme fatales, vamps, and hussies of Black Cinema in the 1930s. She usually played the woman who was the ruin of a man. She was a fine actress who perfected t...

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Nina Mae McKinney MP (1912 - 1967)

Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967) was an American actress. Dubbed "The Black Garbo",[1] she was one of the first African-American film stars and was one of the first African-Amer...

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Ida James MP (b. - 1994)

Delicate beauty Ida James was a sweet-honey voiced singer who's singing could rival the birds, she gained popularity in the 1940s for her beauty, high, bird-like voice, grace, and glamour. She was th...

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Fannie Lou Hamer MP (1917 - 1977)

Fannie Lou Hamer (born Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi...

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Jeni Le Gon MP

Dancer, actress, and dance instructor Jeni LeGon was born Jennie Ligon on August 14, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. Later, in London, she learned that she was descended from General Henry Beauchamp Lygon, ...

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Madam C. J. Walker MP (1867 - 1919)

I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of...

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Lucy Eldine Parsons MP (c.1853 - 1942)

Lucy (or Lucia) Eldine Gonzalez was born around 1853 in Texas, likely as a slave, to parents of Native American, Black American and Mexican ancestry. Died: March 7, 1942 in a house fire; she couldn't e...

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Phyllis Linda Hyman MP (1949 - 1995)

Phyllis Linda Hyman (July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995) was an American soul singer and actress. Early years Phyllis Hyman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the St. Clair V...

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Vesta Williams MP (c.1963 - 2011)

Mary Vesta Williams (December 1, 1957 – September 22, 2011) was an American R&B singer. Originally credited as Vesta Williams, she was sometimes simply billed as Vesta from the 1990s onwards.[...

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Willa Brown-Chappell, Aviatrix MP (1906 - 1992)

Willa Beatrice Brown was born on January 22, 1906 in Glasgow, KY. A pioneering aviator, she earned her pilot’s license in 1937, making her the first African-American woman to be licensed to fl...

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Etta James MP (1938 - 2012)

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins, January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, rhythm and blues (R&B), rock and roll, gospel and jazz singer. In the 1950s and 1960s, she had her biggest success as...

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Bessie Smith MP (1894 - 1937)

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Sometimes referred to as The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920...

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Roxie Albertha Roker MP (1929 - 1995)

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Isabel Washington Powell MP (1909 - 2007)

Isabel Washington Powell, who gave up the nightclub and Broadway stage to marry Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and become a much-loved figure in uptown society, died on May 1. She would have turned 99 on M...

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Fredi Washington MP (1903 - 1994)

Fredericka Carolyn "Fredi" Washington (December 23, 1903 - June 28, 1994) was an accomplished dramatic film actress, most active in the 1920s- 1930s. Fredi was a self-proclaimed Black woman, who chos...

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Lady Bustamante MP (1912 - 2009)

The Honourable Gladys Maud Bustamante O.J., J.P. (1912- 2009) Born Gladys Maud Longbridge to parents Frank Longbridge and Rebecca Blackwood, in Parson Reid, Westmoreland on March 08, 1912. Gladys gre...

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Ruby Ann Dee MP (1922 - 2014)

Ruby Dee (née Wallace; October 27, 1922 – June 11, 2014) an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist, perhaps best known for co-starring in the film A ...

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Grace Nail Johnson MP (1885 - 1976)

Grace Nail Johnson is best known as the wife of poet, essayist, and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. She was, however, a powerful and influential advocate for social change in her own right....

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Lorraine Vivian Hansberry MP (1930 - 1965)

Lorraine Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an African American playwright and author of political speeches, letters, and essays.Her best known work, A Raisin in the Sun, was inspir...

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Oprah Winfrey MP

Chicago, IL, USA

Oprah Winfrey Bio Book Club Oprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known for her self-titled, mult...

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Donna Summer MP (1948 - 2012)

LaDonna Adrian Gaines (born December 31, 1948), known by her stage name, Donna Summer, is an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. Summer is a five-time Gr...

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Eartha Mae Kitt MP (1927 - 2008)

Perhaps best known for her highly distinctive singing style, Eartha Kitt’s 1953 recording of "Santa Baby" is still a favorite today. In the 1960s, Kitt had a recurring role as Catwoman on TV's B...

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Esther Mae Phillips MP (1935 - 1984)

Esther Phillips (December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984) was an American singer. Phillips was known for her R&B vocals, but she was a versatile singer, also performing pop, country, jazz, blues and ...

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Eslanda Cardozo Robeson MP (1896 - 1965)

Eslanda ("Essie") Goode Robeson, (December 12, 1896 - December 13, 1965) the wife and business manager of Paul Robeson, was an American anthropologist, author, actor and activist. Eslanda Cardozo Goo...

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Pam Grier MP

Wikipedia Pamela Suzette "Pam" Grier ( born May 26, 1949 ) is an American actress. She became famous in the early 1970s, after starring in a string of moderately successful women in prison and blaxpl...

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Nina Simone MP (1933 - 2003)

Dr. Nina Simone was born 21 February 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina and died 21 April 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France . Her birth name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon and she was also...

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Dee Dee Warwick (1945 - 2008)

Delia Mae "Dee Dee" Warwick (September 25, 1945 – October 18, 2008) was an American soul singer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she was the sister of Dionne Warwick, niece of Cissy Houston and th...

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Whitney Houston MP (1963 - 2012)

Thanks to hit singles like Saving All My Love For You and I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Whitney Houston became one of the biggest female pop music stars of the 1980s and 1990s. Her first four albums, re...

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Hattie McDaniel MP (1895 - 1952)

One of the great American character actresses, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award for her portrayal of the "mammy" figure in the film Gone with the Wind. S...

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Ella Fitzgerald MP (1917 - 1996)

Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most famous American jazz vocalist in the United States for more than half a century. She was dubbed "The First Lady of Song." In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards a...

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Ava Lavinia Gardner MP (1922 - 1990)

Ava Lavinia Gardner was a famous Hollywood beauty of the 1940s and 1950s. Her stunning looks made her one of the most popular leading ladies of the day, and her reputation for wild behavior -- and marr...

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Diana Ernestine Earle Ross MP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Diana Ross (born Diana Ernestine Earle Ross) is an American singer and actress. During the 1960s, she helped shape the Motown Sound as lead singer of The Supremes, before leaving the group for a solo c...

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Vanessa Williams MP

Although she was forced to turn in her Miss America crown (1983) after Penthouse magazine published nude photos of her, Vanessa Williams bounced back with a successful career as a singer and branched o...

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Natalie Maria Cole MP

Natalie Maria Cole (born February 6, 1950), better known as Natalie Cole is an American singer, songwriter and performer. The daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, Cole rode to musical success in the ...

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Odetta MP (1930 - 2008)

Odetta (1930 – 2008) was an American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". Poet Maya Angelou onc...

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Josephine Baker MP (1906 - 1975)

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born dancer, singer, and actress. Nicknamed the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and even the "Créole Goddess" in angloph...

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Lena Horne MP (1917 - 2010)

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was a singer, dancer, actress, and activist who had a wildly successful career as a nightclub performer and recording artist. She was one of the first African-Americans to sign ...

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