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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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New York City Slave Uprising (1712)Events
New York Slave Conspiracy (1741)Events
Newark Riot (1967)Events
Newburg, New York Race Riot (1899)Events
Newby, Dangerfield F. (1815-1859)People
Newton, Huey P. (1942–1989)People
Newton, Lloyd Warren (1942- )People
Niagara Movement (1905-1909)Events
Nicholas BrothersPeople
Nichols, Brian A. (1965- )People
Nichols, Nichelle (1932- )People
Nix, Jr., Robert Nelson Cornelius (1928–2003)People
Nixon, E.D. (1899-1987)People
Norfleet, Tia (1986– )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
Nyong’o, Lupita Amondi (1982– )People
O'Neal, Shaquille Rashaun (1972– )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
Olden, Georg (1920-1975)People
Oliver, Joseph “King” (1885-1938)People
Olivet Baptist Church (OBC) [Chicago] (1850- )Institutions
Omalu, Bennet Ifeakandu (1968– )People
Omar, Ilhan (1982– )People
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
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