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Bessie Yancey MP (1882 - 1958)

7/4/2011 4/24/2018

Dr. Shirley Graham DuBois MP (1896 - 1977)


Shirley Graham Du Bois (November 11, 1896 – March 27, 1977) was an American award-winning author, playwright, composer, and activist for African-American and other causes. In later life she married t...

3/21/2012 4/22/2018

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. MP (1943 - 1993)

Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. was an American professional tennis player who won three Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ...

3/12/2011 4/22/2018

Daniel Hale Williams III MP (1858 - 1931)

Daniel Hale Williams (January 18, 1858 – August 4, 1931) was an American surgeon. He was the first African-American cardiologist, and is attributed with performing the first successful surgery on the h...

2/26/2008 4/22/2018

Charles Richard Drew MP (1904 - 1950)

Charles Richard Drew (June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950) was an American physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for bloo...

3/13/2007 4/22/2018

Theophilus Gould Steward (April 17, 1843 – January 11, 1924) was an American author, educator, and clergyman. He was a U.S. Army chaplain and Buffalo Soldier of 25th U.S. Colored Infantry. Steward wa...

4/20/2018 4/20/2018

Susan Maria Steward MP (1847 - 1918)

Susan Maria McKinney Steward (March 1847 – March 17, 1918) was an American physician and author. She was the third African-American woman to earn a medical degree, and the first in New York state. Mc...

4/20/2018 4/20/2018

Julia Garnet MP (1811 - 1870)

Julia Williams (born July 1, 1811 - January 7, 1870) was an African-American abolitionist who was active in Massachusetts. Born free in Charleston, South Carolina, she moved with her family as a child ...

4/20/2018 4/20/2018

Henry Highland Garnet MP (1815 - 1882)

Henry Highland Garnet (December 23, 1815 – February 13, 1882) was an African-American abolitionist, minister, educator and orator. Having escaped with his family as a child from slavery in Maryland, he...

4/20/2018 4/20/2018

Sarah J. Garnet MP (1831 - 1911)

Sarah J. Tompkins Garnet (née Smith) (July 31, 1831 - Sept. 17, 1911) was an African-American educator and suffragist from New York City who was a pioneer as the first African-American female school pr...

4/20/2018 4/20/2018

Charles Alston MP (1907 - 1977)

Charles Henry Alston (November 28, 1907 – April 27, 1977) was an African-American painter, sculptor, illustrator, muralist and teacher who lived and worked in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem. ...

4/20/2018 4/20/2018

Adella Logan MP (1863 - 1915)

Daughter of Capt. Henry Alexander (C.S.A.) and Mariah "Cherokee Mariah Lilly" (Hunt) Hunt, Sr. Wife of Warren Logan Their son, Dr. Arthur C. Logan, b. ca. 1905-1973 (m. 1st., Wenonah Bond and 2nd.,...

8/17/2015 4/20/2018

Myra Adele Alston MP (1908 - 1977)

Myra Adele Logan (1908–1977) was an African American physician, surgeon and anatomist. She was the first woman to perform open heart surgery. After graduating with honors from Tuskegee High School, s...

4/20/2018 4/20/2018

Dr. Sarah Fraser MP (1850 - 1933)

In 1876, she became the first woman to gain an M.D. from Syracuse University School of Medicine and is believed to be only the fourth African-American woman to become a licensed physician in the United...

4/20/2018 4/20/2018

Jermain Wesley Loguen MP (1813 - 1872)


Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen (February 5, 1813 – September 30, 1872), born Jarm Logue, in slavery, was an African-American abolitionist and bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and an a...

2/8/2015 4/20/2018

Julia Britton Hooks MP (1852 - 1942)

Julia Britton Hooks (May 4, 1852 – March 10, 1942) was a musician and educator whose work with youth, the elderly and indigent was highly respected in her family's home state of Kentucky and in Memph...

4/1/2015 4/20/2018

Mary E. Britton MP (1855 - 1925)

Mary Ellen Britton (1855–1925) was an African-American physician, educator, journalist and civil rights activist from Lexington, Kentucky. Britton was an original member of the Kentucky Negro Educati...

4/1/2015 4/20/2018

Ida Bell Barnett MP (1862 - 1931)


Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an activist, writer, and teacher. Born a slave in 1862, she first became prominent in the 1890's because she brought international attention to the lynching of African American...

10/14/2015 4/19/2018

Ferdinand Lee Barnett MP (1852 - 1936)

Ferdinand Lee Barnett ( February 18, 1852 – March 11, 1936) was an African-American journalist, lawyer, and civil rights activist in Chicago, Illinois in the late Reconstruction era and after. He was a...

10/14/2015 4/19/2018

Molly Henrietta Barnett MP (b. - 1888)

Molly (Graham) Barnett was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Michigan.

4/19/2018 4/19/2018

Dr. Ceah Ketchman Wright MP (deceased)

Louis Tompkins Wright was from a medical family. He was the child of Dr. Ceah Ketcham Wright, who was born a slave, was a physician graduated from Bencake Medical College, and stepson of William Fletch...

2/27/2010 4/18/2018

David D. Jones MP (b. - 1976)

David D. Jones was an attorney and became founder of anti-poverty and job training organizations for young African Americans.

4/18/2018 4/18/2018

Dr. William Fletcher Penn MP (1871 - 1934)

William Fletcher Penn (January 16, 1871 in New Glasgow, Amherst County, Virginia – May 31, 1934) was a prominent black physician in Atlanta, Georgia and a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter of the ...

2/27/2010 4/18/2018

Dr. Jane Cooke Jones MP (1919 - 2013)

Jane Cooke Wright (also known as "Jane Jones" or "Mr. David Jones") (November 30, 1919 – February 19, 2013) was a pioneering cancer researcher and surgeon noted for her contributions to chemotherapy. I...

2/27/2010 4/18/2018

Samuel Riley Pierce, Jr. MP (1922 - 2000)

Samuel Riley Pierce Jr. (September 8, 1922 – October 31, 2000) was Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from January 23, 1981 until January 20, 1989. Pierce served in the United...

5/15/2014 4/18/2018

Alberta "Mama" King (Williams) MP (1904 - 1974)

"Bunch", "Mama"

Alberta Christine Williams King (September 13, 1904 – June 30, 1974) was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mother and the wife of Martin Luther King, Sr. She played a significant role in the affairs of the Ebe...

1/20/2009 9/27/2016

Rev. Adam Daniel WILLIAMS was born on the 2 January 1863 in Penfield, Greene County, Georgia to slaves Willis and Lucretia Williams. and died 21 March 1931. Minister, civil rights activist, and grandfa...

12/1/2010 3/23/2015

Rosa Louise Parks MP (1913 - 2005)

Profile of the day in Geni, Rosa Parks . 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 moveme...

5/18/2010 1/29/2014

George Washington Carver MP (1864 - 1943)

Parents: father thought to be Giles, a slave from a nearby plantation to the one his mother Mary worked on. (See further references at the bottom of the page). Adoptive parents: Moses and Susan Carve...

7/7/2009 1/29/2014

James Forten MP (1766 - 1842)

James Forten was a wealthy African-American businessman (sail maker) and abolitionist, born free in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Forten began experimenting with different types of sails for ships and fi...

11/29/2008 1/29/2014

James Armistead Lafayette MP (1760 - 1830)

James Armistead was a slave owned by William Armistead of Virginia. His date of birth is usually given as 1760, but may have been 1748. During the American Revolutionary War, James received permission ...

1/28/2014 1/28/2014

William Lee, Valet to President George Washington MP (c.1750 - c.1828)

"Billy Lee", "Will Lee", "Mulatto Will", ""Washington`s favorite Huntsman""

William Lee Valet to President George Washington This profile meant to Honor William s contibution to the History of America, through his Valued Service to President George Washington See also ...

1/2/2013 1/2/2013

York MP (aft.1770 - bef.1832)

"part of Corps of Discovery Team", "First Black American Explorer", "Great Medicine"

York A very important figure in respect to the discovery of the American West , and a key Team Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. History records this man as a "Jack of all trades" York`s ab...

1/1/2013 1/2/2013

Lewis W Woodson MP (1806 - 1878)

Woodson family oral history, dating to the early nineteenth century, has claimed that Thomas Woodson was the eldest child of Sally Hemings and her master President Thomas Jefferson.[1] That account has...

7/24/2012 7/25/2012

Capt. Paul Cuffee MP (1759 - 1817)

"changed name in 1778 from Slocum to Cuffe"

Paul Cuffee (January 17, 1759 – September 9, 1817) was a Quaker businessman, Sea Captain, patriot, and abolitionist. He was of Aquinnah Wampanoag and African Ashanti descent and helped colonize Sierra ...

6/24/2012 6/25/2012

Rev. Peter Spencer MP (c.1782 - 1843)

Peter Spencer -- Church Founder, Businessman, and Educator Peter Spencer is heralded as the father of Delaware's Independent Black Church Movement. Spencer's biographer, Lewis V. Baldwin, informs us ...

5/31/2012 5/31/2012

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, mais conhecido como Pelé (Três Corações, 23 de outubro de 1940), é um ex-futebolista brasileiro que atuava como atacante. É reconhecido entre especialistas de futebol e e...

5/24/2012 5/24/2012

Sarah 'Sally' Hemings MP (1773 - 1835)

"Sarah Hemings", "Sally Hemings", "Sally Hemmings", "Sally", "Sarah"

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 Jefferson...

11/16/2007 5/11/2012

Mr Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche was born in Cap Haitien, Haiti on 26 May 1886. In 1901, at age 15, he left Haiti and travelled to Beauvais, France, where he hoped to join the high school to study ...

3/5/2012 4/13/2012