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Online Encyclopedia: African American History, People

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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Murphy, Eddie (1961– )People
Murphy, Isaac Burns (1861-1896)People
Murphy, John Henry, Sr. (1840-1922)People
Murray, Albert (1916-2013)People
Murray, Daniel A. P. (1852-1925)People
Murray, George Washington (1853–1926)People
Murray, Pauli (1910-1985)People
Mushingi, Tulinabo Salama (1957 - )People
Myers, Isaac (1835-1891)People
Myers, Stephen (1800-1870)People
Myers, Walter Dean (1937-2014)People
Myrick, Bismarck (1940- )People
Nabors, Rob (1971- )People
Nabrit, James M. Jr. (1900-1997)People
Nagin, Clarence Ray, Jr. (1956- )People
Nail, John E. (1883-1947)People
Napier, James Carroll (1845-1940)People
Nash, Charles Edmund (1844-1913)People
Nash, Diane Judith (1938- )People
Naylor, Gloria (1950-2016)People
Neil, John Jordan "Buck" (1911-2006)People
Nell, William C. (1816-1874)People
Nelson, Charles Joseph (1921-2011)People
Nelson, Prince Rogers ("Prince," "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince") (1958-2016)People
Nelson, Sophia Angeli (1967- )People
New Negro Alliance, The (1933-1940's)People
Newby, Dangerfield F. (1815-1859)People
Newton, Huey P. (1942–1989)People
Newton, Lloyd Warren (1942- )People
Nicholas BrothersPeople
Nichols, Brian A. (1965- )People
Nichols, Nichelle (1932- )People
Nix, Jr., Robert Nelson Cornelius (1928–2003)People
Nixon, E.D. (1899-1987)People
Norfleet, Tia (1986– )People
Norman, Jessye (1945- )People
Norman, Maidie (1912-1998)People
Northup, Solomon (1808- ? )People
Norton, Eleanor Holmes (1937- )People
Norton, Ken (1943-2013)People
Nugent, Richard Bruce (1906-1987)People
Nyong’o, Lupita Amondi (1982– )People
O'Neal, Shaquille Rashaun (1972– )People
O'Neal, Stanley (1951- )People
O'Reilly, Salaria Kee (1913-1991)People
Obama, Barack, Jr. (1961- )People
Obama, Michelle Robinson (1964- )People
Odetta (1930-2008)People
Olden, Georg (1920-1975)People
Oliver, Joseph “King” (1885-1938)People
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