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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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Perry, Christopher J. (1854-1920)People
Perry, Cynthia Shepard (1928- )People
Perry, Julia Amanda (1924-1979) People
Perry, June Carter (1943- )People
Perry, Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew [“Stepin Fetchit”] (1902-1985)People
Perry, Robert C. (1945- )People
Peters, Brock (1927-2005)People
Petersen, Frank E., Jr. (1932-2015 )People
Petry, Ann Lane (1908-1997)People
Philander, S. George (1942- )People
Phillips, Homer G. (1880-1931)People
Phillips, Velvalea “Vel” Hortense Rodgers (1924– )People
Pickens, William (1881-1954)People
Pierce, Samuel R., Jr. (1922-2000)People
Pinchback, Pinckney Benton Stewart (1837-1921)People
Pinckney, Clementa C. (1973-2015)People
Pinkney, William “Bill”(1935- ) People
Pinn, Robert Alexander (1843-1911) People
Pippen, Scottie Maurice (1965– )People
Pippin, Horace (1888-1946)People
Pittman, William Sidney (1875-1958)People
Plessy, Homer (1863-1925)People
Poage, George Coleman (1880–1962)People
Poindexter, James (1819-1907)People
Poitier, Sidney (1927 - )People
Polk, Oscar (1900-1949) People
Polk, Prentice Herman (1898-1985)People
Pollard, Fritz (1894-1986)People
Poor, Salem (1747-1802)People
Porter Wesley, Dorothy (1905-1995)People
Porter, Maggie (1853-1942)People
Poston, Ted (1906-1974)People
Poussaint, Alvin F. (1934 --)People
Powell, Adam Clayton, Jr. (1908-1972)People
Powell, Adam Clayton, Sr. (1865-1953)People
Powell, C. B. (1894-1977)People
Powell, Colin (1937- )People
Powell, Earl "Bud" (1924-1966)People
Powell, William B., Jr. (1834-1915)People
Powell, William J., and the Bessie Coleman Aero Club (1897-1942)People
Powell, William James “Bill” (1916-2009)People
Powers, Georgia Davis (1923–2016)People
Pratt, Geronimo (1947-2011)People
Preer, Evelyn (1896-1932)People
Preston, William Everett "Billy" (1946-2006)People
Price, Florence Beatrice Smith (1887-1953)People
Price, Hugh (1941 - ) People
Price, Joseph C. (1854--1893)People
Price, Mary Violet Leontyne (1927- )People
Primus, Pearl (1919-1994) People
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