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James E. Shepperson (1858 – ?)

Image Ownership: Public Domain   James E. Shepperson was born in Roanoke, Charlotte, Virginia in 1858 to Parker and Matilda Shepperson.  He is considered one of the most influential leaders and spokesmen among African American miners during the late 19th century and early 20th century.  … Read MoreJames E. Shepperson (1858 – ?)

Negro Actors Guild of America (1937- )

The Negro Actors Guild of America was founded by African American actors in 1937.  The organization was established to try to eliminate the stereotyping of African Americans in theatrical and cinematic performances.  It also stressed the need for more realistic roles for people of color, … Read MoreNegro Actors Guild of America (1937- )

Negro Victory Committee (1941-1945)

The Los Angeles Negro Victory Committee was organized in 1941 to protest racial discrimination in industries throughout the city that barred African American workers.    Reverend Clayton Russell of the People’s Independent Church of Christ in South Central Los Angeles and Charlotta Bass, publisher of the … Read MoreNegro Victory Committee (1941-1945)

Edward Park Duplex (1831-1900)

Edward Park Duplex Hairdressing and Shaving Saloon, Wheatland, California, ca. 1980 Image Ownership: Public Domain Edward Park Duplex was elected mayor of Wheatland, California in 1888 to become one of the first African American mayors in the United States and the first in the American … Read MoreEdward Park Duplex (1831-1900)

National Negro Business League (1900 – )

The National Negro Business League (NNBL) was founded by Booker T. Washington in Boston, Massachusetts in 1900.  The league, which predated the United States Chamber of Commerce by 12 years, strives to enhance the commercial and economic prosperity of the African American community. The NNBL … Read MoreNational Negro Business League (1900 – )