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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
Sharpless, Mattie R. (1943- )People
Sharpton, Alfred Charles “Al” (1954- )People
Shaw University (1865- )Institutions
Shepard, James Edward (1875-1947)People
Sherrod, Charles (1937-)People
Shippen, John Matthew, Jr. (1879-1968)People
Shockley, Dolores Cooper (1930- )People
Shores, Arthur D (1903-1996)People
Short, Robert “Bobby” Waltrip (1924-2005) People
Shuffle Along (1921)Misc
Shuttlesworth, Fred (1922-2011) People
Sickle Cell AnemiaMisc
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (1922- )Organizations
Silver Bluff Baptist Church [South Carolina] (1773- )Institutions
Silvera, Frank (1914–1970)People
Simmons College of Kentucky [Louisville] (1879- )Institutions
Simmons, Russell (1957– )People
Simmons, Ruth (1945- )People
Simmons, William J. (1849-1890)People
Simms, Hilda (1918-1994)People
Simone, Nina (1933-2003)People
Simpson, Georgiana (1866-1944)People
Simpson, O. J. (1947- )People
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing, Birmingham (1963)Events
Sklarek, Norma Merrick (1928-2012)People
Slater, Rodney (1955- )People
Slaughter, Henry Proctor (1871-1958)People
Smalls, Robert (1839-1915)People
Smiley, Tavis (1964- )People
Smith, Ada “Bricktop” (1894-1984)People
Smith, Amanda Berry (1837-1915)People
Smith, Barbara (1946- )People
Smith, Bessie (1894-1937)People
Smith, Damu (1952–2006)People
Smith, Ferdinand Christopher (1893-1961)People
Smith, Hale (1925–2009)People
Smith, Harry Clay (1863-1941)People
Smith, James McCune (1813-1865)People
Smith, Joshua Bowen (1813-1879)People
Smith, Kirke (1865-1935)People
Smith, Mamie (1883-1946)People
Smith, Moranda (1915–1950)People
Smith, Stephen (1795-1873)People
Smith, Venture (c. 1729-1805)People
Smith, Will (1968-- )People
Smith, William [Willie “the Lion”] (1897-1973)People
Smythe, Hugh Heyne (1913-1977)People
Smythe-Haith, Mabel Murphy (1918-2006)People
SNCC Freedom Singers (1962-1966)Organizations
South Carolina State University (1896--- )Institutions
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