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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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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
Winkfield, Jimmy (1882-1974)People
Winston-Salem State University [North Carolina] (1892- )Institutions
Winters, Lawrence (1915–1965) People
Withers, Ernest (1922-2007)People
Withers, John Lovelle, II (1948- )People
Witherspoon Street Church (1836– )People
Women’s Political Council of MontgomeryOrganizations
Wonder, Stevie (Steveland Morris) (1950- )People
Wood, Robert (1844 - ?)People
Wood, Robert A. (ca. 1966– )People
Woodard, Charlayne (1955--)People
Woodard, Isaac (1919-1992)People
Woodbey, George Washington (1854- ?)People
Woodland Park, Michigan (1921- )Places
Woodruff, Hale Aspacio (1900-1980)People
Woods, Eldrick “Tiger” (1975- )People
Woods, Granville T. (1856-1910)People
Woods, Sylvia (1926-2012)People
Woodson, Carter G. (1875-1950)People
Woodson, Robert L., Sr. (1937– )People
Work, John Wesley III (1901-1967)People
Work, Monroe Nathan (1866-1945)People
Wormley House (1871–1893)Institutions
Wormley, James (1819-1884)People
Wortham, Anne (1941 - )People
Wright, Elizabeth Evelyn (1872–1906)People
Wright, Jane Cooke (1919- )People
Wright, Jeremiah A. (1941-- )People
Wright, Jonathan J. (1840-1885)People
Wright, Louis T. (1891-1952)People
Wright, Marion Thompson (1902–1962)People
Wright, Nathan Jr. (1923-2005)People
Wright, Richard (1908-1960)People
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