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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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Washington, Ora Mae (1898-1971)People
Washington, Ruth V. (1921-1990)People
Washington, Walter Edward (1915-2003)People
Waters, Ethel (1896-1977)People
Waters, Ronald (1938-2010)People
Watkins, Dr. Levi, Jr. (1944-2015)People
Watkins, Perry Robert (1907-1974)People
Watson, Barbara Mae (1918-1983)People
Watson, Diane Edith (1933- )People
Watson, James Lopez (1922-2001)People
Watt, Melvin Luther (1945- )People
Wattleton, Alyce Faye (1943- )People
Watts Jr., J.C. (1957- )People
Watts, Andre (1946- )People
WDIA Radio Station (1947- )Organizations
Weaver, Robert Clifton (1907-1997)People
Webb, Francis Johnson [Frank J.] (1828-1894)People
Webb, Veronica (1965- )People
Webster, Milton P. (1887-1965)People
Weeksville , New York (1838-- )Places
Weems, Anna Maria (1840-?)People
Wells, Barry L. (1942- )People
Welsing, Frances Cress (1935–2016)People
Welters, Beatrice W. (1951- )People
Wertz, Irma Jackson Cayton (1911-2007)People
Wesley, Charles H. (1891-1987)People
West Virginia State University (1891- ) Institutions
West, Allen (1961- )People
West, Cornel Ronald (1953-- )People
West, Dorothy (1907-1998)People
West, Kanye Omari (1977- )People
West, Togo D., Jr. (1942- )People
Westerfield, Samuel Z. (1920-1972)People
Weston, Anthony (1791- ?)People
WGPR-TV (1975–1995)Organizations
Wharton Sr., Clifton Reginald (1899-1990)People
Wharton, Jr., Clifton Reginald (1926- )People
Wheat Street Baptist Church [Atlanta] (1869- )Institutions
Wheat, Alan Dupree (1951 - )People
Wheatley, Phillis (1754-1784)People
Wheaton, John Francis (1866-1922)People
Wheeler, Emma Rochelle (1882-1957)People
Wheeler, Warren H. (1943– )People
Whipper, Ionia Rollin (1872-1953)People
Whipper, Leigh (1876-1975)People
Whipper, William (1804-1885)People
Whipple, Dinah (c.1760-1846)People
Whipple, Prince (1750-1796)People
White Sr, Jacob Clement (1806–1872)People
White, Eartha M. M. (1876–1974)People
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