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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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Law, Thelma Patten (1900-1968)People
Lawal, Kase (1954- )People
Lawrence, Brenda (1954– )People
Lawrence, Margaret Cornelia Morgan (1914- )People
Lawson, Gerald “Jerry” Anderson (1940-2011)People
Lawson, James (1928- )People
Le Moyne-Owen College (1862- )Institutions
League of Struggle for Negro Rights (1930-1936)Organizations
Ledbetter (Leadbelly), Huddie (1888-1949)People
Lee, Andrea (1953- )People
Lee, Canada (1907-1952)People
Lee, Herbert (1912–1961) People
Lee, Jarena (1783–185?) People
Lee, Spike (1957 - )People
Leighla Frances Whipper (1913-2008)People
Leighton, George Neves (1912- )People
LeMelle, Wilbert J., Sr. (1931-2003)People
Lemon, Don (1966- )People
Lenhardt, Alfonso E. (1943- )People
Leonard “Kip” Rhinelander Trial (1925)Events
Leonard, “Sugar” Ray (1956 - )People
Leslie M. Alexander (1948- ) People
Lester, Julius (1939-2018)People
Lester, William Alexander (Bill), III (1961- )People
Lewis, Arthur W. (1926- )People
Lewis, Charles (ca. 1760-1833) People
Lewis, David Levering (1936- )People
Lewis, Delano Eugene (1938 - )People
Lewis, Elma (1921 – 2004 )People
Lewis, Frederick Carlton "Carl" (1961- ) People
Lewis, Henry Jay (1932-1996)People
Lewis, Hylan Garnet (1911-2000)People
Lewis, John R. (1940- )People
Lewis, Julian H. (1891-1989)People
Lewis, Kossola Cudjo (c. 1841–1935)People
Lewis, Oliver (1856-1924)People
Lewis, Raymond Anthony, Jr. (1975- )People
Lewis, Reginald (1942-1993)People
Lewis, Theophilus (1891-1974)People
Lewis, William Henry (1868-1949)People
Lightner, Clarence Everett (1921-2002)People
Lincoln University [Jefferson City] (1866- )Institutions
Lincoln University [Pennsylvania] (1854 - )Institutions
Lincoln, Abbey (1930-2010)People
Lincoln, Charles Eric (1924-2000)People
Lindsay, Powell (1905-1987)People
Liston, Charles “Sonny” (1932-1970)People
Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) (1932- )People
Little Rock Crisis, 1957Events
Livingstone College [Salisbury] (1879-- )Institutions
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