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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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Nichols, Brian A. (1965- )People
Nichols, Nichelle (1932- )People
Nixon, E.D. (1899-1987)People
Norfolk State University (1935- )Institutions
Norman, Jessye (1945- )People
Norman, Maidie (1912-1998)People
North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University (1891- )Organizations
North Carolina Central University (1910- )Institutions
Northup, Solomon (1808- ? )People
Norton, Eleanor Holmes (1937- )People
Norton, Ken (1943-2013)People
Nugent, Richard Bruce (1906-1987)People
O'Neal, Stanley (1951- )People
O'Reilly, Salaria Kee (1913-1991)People
Oak Hill, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (1920-1950)Places
Oakwood University [Huntsville] (1896- )Institutions
Obama, Barack, Jr. (1961- )People
Obama, Michelle Robinson (1964- )People
Oberlin College (1833- )Institutions
Oberlin-Wellington Rescue (1858)Events
Odetta (1930-2008)People
Oliver, Joseph “King” (1885-1938)People
Olivet Baptist Church (OBC) [Chicago] (1850- )Institutions
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (1911- )Organizations
Omohundro, Robert Johnson (1921-2000)People
Opelousas Massacre (1868)Events
Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity)Organizations
Orangeburg Massacre (1968)Events
Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) 1965Organizations
Ormes, Zelda “Jackie” (1911-1985)People
Ousley, "King" Curtis (1934–1971)People
Overton, Anthony (1865-1946)People
Owen, Chandler (1889-1967)People
Owens, Jesse (1913-1980)People
Owens, Major Robert (1936- )People
O’Dell, Hunter Pitts "Jack" (1924- )People
O’Hara, James Edward (1844-1905)People
O’Leary, Hazel Rollins Reid (1937- )People
O’Neal, Adrienne S. (1954- ) People
Pace, Harry (1884-1943)People
Padmore, George (1901-1959)People
Page, Alan (1945- )People
Page, Clarence E. (1947 - ) People
Page, Susan Denise (1964- )People
Paige, Leroy Robert "Satchel (1906-1982)People
Paige, Myles Anderson (1898-1983)People
Paige, Roderick Raynor (1933- )People
Paine College [Augusta] (1882- )Institutions
Palmer Memorial Institute (1902-1971)Institutions
Palmer, Larry L. (1949- )People
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