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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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Mathews, Bernice (1933- )People
Mathieu, Gail Dennise (1951?- ) People
Matthews, Victoria Earle (1861-1907)People
Matzeliger, Jan E. (1852-1887)People
Maxwell, Sherman (1907–2008)People
Mayfield, Curtis (1942-1999)People
Mayfield, Julian (1928–1984)People
Maynor, Dorothy Leigh (1910–1996)People
Mays, Benjamin (1895-1984)People
Mays, William G. (1945-2014)People
Mays, Willie (1931- )People
MC/Master of Ceremonies (Emcee)People
McAfee, Walter Samuel (1914-1995)People
McAllister, Jane Ellen (1899-1996)People
McCain, Franklin Eugene (1941-2014)People
McCall, Carl H. (1935- )People
McClellan, George Marion (1860–1934)People
McClendon, Rose (1884-1936)People
McCollum, Ruby (1909-1992)People
McCoy, Elijah (1843-1929)People
McCree, Wade Hampton, Jr. (1920-1987)People
McDonald, Norris (1958- )People
McElwee, Samuel Allen (1857– 1914)People
McFerrin, Robert Keith, Sr. (1921–2006)People
McGee, Henry Wadsworth, Sr. (1910-2000)People
McGee, James D. (1949- )People
McGhee, Fredrick L. (1861-1912)People
McGuire, George Alexander (1866-1934)People
McHenry, Donald Franchot (1936 - ) People
McKay, Claude (1889-1948)People
McKenzie, Vashti Murphy (1947- )People
McKinney, Cynthia Ann (1955- )People
McKinney, Nina Mae (1913-1967)People
McKinney, Richard I. (1906-2005)People
McKissack & McKissack Company (1905– ) People
McKissick, Floyd B. (1922-1991)People
McKnight, Reginald (1956-- )People
McKune, Elizabeth Davenport (1947- ) People
McMillan, Terry (1951- )People
McMillian, Marco (1979-2013)People
McNair, Ronald E. (1950-1986)People
Mcnair, Steve LaTreal (1973–2009)People
McNeil, Claudia (1917-1993) People
McNeil, Joseph Alfred (1942- )People
McPherson, James Alan (1943–2016)People
McQueen, Thelma “Butterfly” (1911-1995) People
McRae, Carmen (1920-1994)People
McWhorter, V., John Hamilton (1965– )People
Meachum, John Berry (1789-1854)People
Meek, Carrie (1926- )People
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