Mentis Carrere was a black activist in Los Angeles mainly known for his 1926 heroic defense of his home against a white mob angry that he became an occupant in a formerly all-white neighborhood. Born on December 9, 1891 in Louisiana, Carrere was a working-class … Read MoreMentis Carrere (1891-1989)
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 – ?)
Natchez, Mississippi in the 1870s Image Ownership: Public Domain Robert Wood is believed to be one of the first African American mayors in the United States. He served as mayor of Natchez, Mississippi in the early 1870s. Wood was born in 1844 to Susie … Read MoreRobert Wood (1844 – ?)
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- )
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 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)
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 – )
100 Black Men Organization in Nassau, The Bahamas Image Courtesy of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 100 Black Men of American Inc. is a civic organization dedicated to the improvement of quality of life in the African American community through fostering the development of … Read More100 Black Men of America, Inc.