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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
Manigault, Omarosa (1974- )People
Mankarious, Jewel Stradford Rogers Lafontant (1922-1997)People
Manley, Effa (1900-1981)People
Manly, Alex (1866-1944)People
Maples, William Lineas (1869-1943)People
Marable, Manning (1950-2011) People
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (August 28, 1963)Events
March on Washington Movement (1941–1947)Events
Marcy, Eddie E. (1919–2016)People
Margaret Garner Incident (1856)Events
Marion, Indiana Lynching (1930)People
Marsalis, Wynton (1961- )People
Marsh, Henry L., III (1933- )People
Marshall, Harriet Gibbs (1868-1941) People
Marshall, Paule (1929--)People
Marshall, Thurgood (1908-1993)People
Martin, Anthony (1942–2013)People
Martin, John Sella (1832-1876)People
Martin, Louis E. (1912-1997)People
Martin, Mahlon (1945-1995)People
Martin, Ora Mae Lewis (1918–2005)People
Martin, Roland Sebastian (1968- )People
Martin, Sallie (1895-1988)People
Martin, Trayvon Benjamin (1995–2012)People
Martin, Trayvon Benjamin (1995–2012)People
Martinsville Seven (1949-1951) People
Mason, Charles Harrison (1866–1961)People
Mason, James W. (1841–1874)People
Massaquoi, Hans-Jürgen (1926–2013)People
Massey, Walter E. (1938 - )People
Massiah, Frederick McDonald (1886–1975)People
Massie, Samuel Proctor (1919-2005)People
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
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