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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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Smith, Joshua Bowen (1813-1879)People
Smith, James McCune (1813-1865)People
Smith, Harry Clay (1863-1941)People
Smith, Hale (1925–2009)People
Smith, Ferdinand Christopher (1893-1961)People
Smith, Damu (1952–2006)People
Smith, Bessie (1894-1937)People
Smith, Barbara (1946- )People
Smith, Amanda Berry (1837-1915)People
Smith, Ada “Bricktop” (1894-1984)People
Smiley, Tavis (1964- )People
Smalls, Robert (1839-1915)People
Slaughter, Henry Proctor (1871-1958)People
Slater, Rodney (1955- )People
Sklarek, Norma Merrick (1928-2012)People
Skinner, Elliot Percival (1924-2007)People
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing, Birmingham (1963)Events
Simpson, O. J. (1947- )People
Simpson, Georgiana (1866-1944)People
Simone, Nina (1933-2003)People
Simms, Hilda (1918-1994)People
Simmons, William J. (1849-1890)People
Simmons, Ruth (1945- )People
Simmons, Russell (1957– )People
Simmons College of Kentucky [Louisville] (1879- )Institutions
Silvera, Frank (1914–1970)People
Silver Bluff Baptist Church [South Carolina] (1773- )Institutions
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (1922- )Organizations
Sickle Cell AnemiaMisc
Shuttlesworth, Fred (1922-2011) People
Shuffle Along (1921)Misc
Short, Robert “Bobby” Waltrip (1924-2005) People
Shores, Arthur D (1903-1996)People
Shockley, Dolores Cooper (1930- )People
Shirley, George Irving (1934- ) People
Shippen, John Matthew, Jr. (1879-1968)People
Sherrod, Charles (1937-)People
Shepard, James Edward (1875-1947)People
Shaw University (1865- )Institutions
Sharpton, Alfred Charles “Al” (1954- )People
Sharpless, Mattie R. (1943- )People
Shange, Ntozake \ Williams, Paulette (1948- )People
Shakur, Tupac (1971-1996)People
Shakur, Assata Olugbala (1947- ) People
Shabazz, Betty Sandlin (1934-1997)People
Sewell, Terri (1965- )People
Sessions, Lucy Stanton Day (1831-1910)People
Selma, Alabama, (Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965)Events
Sellers, Cleveland (1944- )People
Segars, Joseph Monroe (1938–2014)People
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