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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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Wilberforce University (1856- )Organizations
Wilcox, Preston (1923-2006)People
Wilder, Lawrence Douglas (1931- )People
Wiley, George Alvin (1931-1973)People
Wilkins, J. Ernest, Jr. (1923-2011)People
Wilkins, Roger Wood (1932–2017)People
Wilkins, Roy (1901-1981)People
Wilkinson, Anne Raven (1935- )People
Wilkinson, Sharon P. (1947- )People
William "Willie the Pro" Thrower (1930-2002)People
William Parker (?-----?)People
Williams, Bert (1874-1922)People
Williams, Bisa (1954- )People
Williams, Camilla (1919-2012)People
Williams, Chancellor J. (1898-1992)People
Williams, Daniel Hale (1856-1931)People
Williams, Doug (1955-- )People
Williams, Elbert (1908-1940)People
Williams, Fannie Barrier (1855-1944)People
Williams, Franklin Hall (1917-1990)People
Williams, George Washington (1849-1891)People
Williams, James H., Jr. (1941- )People
Williams, Lacey Kirk (1871-1940)People
Williams, Lieutenant Colonel Eldridge F. (1917-2015)People
Williams, Marguerite Thomas (1895-1991?)People
Williams, Marion (1927-1994)People
Williams, Mary Lou (1910-1981)People
Williams, Paul “Hucklebuck” (1915–2002)People
Williams, Peter Jr. (1780-1840)People
Williams, Robert F. (1925-1996)People
Williams, Serena (1981 - )People
Williams, Smokey Joe (1886-1946)People
Williams, Spencer (1893-1969) People
Williams, Vanessa (1963- )People
Williams, Venus Ebony Starr (1980- )People
Williams, Walter Edward (1936- )People
Williamson, Lisa AKA Sister Souljah (1964- )People
Willis, Dorsie (1886-1977)People
Wills, Mary Jo (1951- )People
Wilmington Race Riot of 1898Events
Wilmore, Gayraud Stephen (1921- )People
Wilson, Arthur Dooley (1886-1953)People
Wilson, Flip (1933-1998)People
Wilson, Frederica (1942- )People
Wilson, Harriet E. Adams (c. 1828-?)People
Wilson, James Finley (1881--1952) People
Wilson, Lionel (1915-1998)People
Wilson, Margaret Bush (1919-2009) People
Wilson, Stephanie Diana (1966– )People
Winfrey, Oprah (1954 - )People
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