Cairo, Egypt (founded c. 969 C.E.)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Cairo, the current capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Middle East and Africa, has been a major cultural, religious and political center of the Arab, Islamic and African worlds for centuries. The year 2011 saw unprecedented civil and … Read MoreCairo, Egypt (founded c. 969 C.E.)

Margaret Burroughs (1917-2010 )

Margaret Burroughs at Texas A&M University, March 2006 Image Ownership: Public Domain In 1961, Margaret Burroughs and her husband, Charles Burroughs founded the Ebony Museum of Chicago, later called the DuSable Museum of African American History.  The DuSable is the oldest museum of its type … Read MoreMargaret Burroughs (1917-2010 )

Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998)

Image Courtesy of Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Smithsonian Institution. Visual artist Lois Mailou Jones was born in 1905 in Boston, Massachusetts to Thomas Vreeland and Carolyn Dorinda Jones. Her father was a superintendent of a building and … Read MoreLois Mailou Jones (1905-1998)

Ebony Magazine

Ebony, a pictorial news magazine published by Chicago, Illinois-based Johnson Publishing Company, first appeared in November 1945. Created by John H. Johnson, who modeled his publication after Life magazine, Ebony celebrated African American life and culture by depicting the achievements of black Americans. It honored … Read MoreEbony Magazine

American Negro Academy (1897-1924)

American Negro Academy Members Image Ownership: Public Domain Founded on March 5, 1897 in Washington, D.C. by 78-year-old Reverend Alexander Crummell, the American Negro Academy (ANA) was an organization of black intellectuals who through their scholarship and writing were dedicated to the promotion of higher … Read MoreAmerican Negro Academy (1897-1924)