Brenda & the Tabulations (1966-1987)

The R&B doo-wop ensemble Brenda & the Tabulations began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1966. They comprised vocalist/ lyricist Brenda J. Payton (Hill), born in the city on October 24, 1945, composer/ guitarist Eddie L. Jackson, born in 1947 in Forest City, North Carolina, Maurice Coates … Read MoreBrenda & the Tabulations (1966-1987)

Elizabeth Duncan Koontz (1919-1989)

Elizabeth Duncan Koontz was the first African American president of the National Education Association (NEA) which at that point was an 820,000-member Association of Classroom Teachers. Koontz was born on June 3, 1919, in Salisbury, North Carolina. Her parents were Samuel E. Duncan, former president … Read MoreElizabeth Duncan Koontz (1919-1989)

African Americans and the Knights of Labor (1869-1949)

Founded in Philadelphia in 1869, the Knights of Labor (KOL) was the largest, most important labor union in the 19th century United States. Unlike most unions (and predominantly white institutions) then, the KOL opened its membership to African Americans and women workers. Prior to the … Read MoreAfrican Americans and the Knights of Labor (1869-1949)

Charity Earley (1918-2002)

Lieutenant Colonel Charity Edna Adams Earley was the first African American woman officer of the Women’s Auxiliary Corps. She served as the commanding officer of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, making her the highest-ranking Black female officer in the Army, during World War II. … Read MoreCharity Earley (1918-2002)