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Online Encyclopedia of Significant People and Places in African American History

The following are short descriptions of individuals, places and events which have contributed to the shaping of African American history. These encyclopedia entries serve as a starting point for much more inclusive descriptions and discussions that appear in other sources. For additional information please consult the print or website sources cited in the entry.



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Entry Titlesort iconEntry Type
Alexander, Clifford L., Jr. (1933-)People
Alexander, Raymond Pace (1897-1974)People
Alexander, Sadie Tanner Mossell (1898-1989)People
Ali, Laila (1977- )People
Ali, Muhammad (1942-2016)People
Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio (1824 - )Institutions
Allen University [South Carolina] (1870 - )Institutions
Allen, Bernadette Mary (1955- )People
Allen, Eugene (1919–2010)People
Allen, Macon Bolling (1816-1894)People
Allen, Norman Robert, Jr. (1957- )People
Allen, Sanford (1939- )People
Allen, Will (1948 -)People
Allen, William G. (1820- ?)People
Allison Dunnigan, Alice (1906–1983)People
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (1908- )Organizations
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (1906- )Organizations
Alvin Ailey Dance TheaterOrganizations
Amelia Boynton Robinson (1911–2015) People
American Beach, Jacksonville, Florida (1936- )Places
American Colonization Society (1816-1964) Organizations
American League of Colored Laborers (1850 - ?)Organizations
American Negro Academy (1897-1924)Organizations
American Negro Theatre (1940 - mid 1950's)Organizations
Anderson, Caroline Still Wiley (1848-1919)People
Anderson, Charles A. "Chief" (1907-1996)People
Anderson, Charles W., Jr. (1907-1960)People
Anderson, Charles William (1866-1938)People
Anderson, Eddie "Rochester" (1905-1977)People
Anderson, Ernest (1916-2011)People
Anderson, Garland (1886-1939)People
Anderson, George B. (? --?)People
Anderson, Marian (1897-1993)People
Anderson, Osborne P. (1830-1872)People
Anderson, Violette Neatley (1882-1937)People
Andry’s Rebellion (1811)Events
Angelou, Maya (1928-2014)People
Anita Bush PlayersOrganizations
Antoine, Caesar Carpenter (1836-1921)People
Apollo Theatre, The (1913– )Places
Applegate, Joseph R. (1925-2003)People
Archer, Dennis (1942- )People
Archer, Lee (1919-2010) People
Arkansas Baptist College [Little Rock] (1884-- )Institutions
Armstrong Williams (1959– )People
Armstrong, Henry (1912-1988)People
Armstrong, Louis Daniel (1901-1971)People
Arnett, Bishop Benjamin William (1838–1906)People
Arrington, Richard (1934- )People
Arroyo, Martina (1936- )People
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