Dorothy Irene Height (1912-2010)

Born on March 24, 1912, Dorothy Irene Height would become an activist, administrator, and educator dedicated to seeing racial and women’s equality in the United States. Born in Richmond, Virginia, to parents James Height, a building contractor, and Fannie (Burroughs) Height, a nurse, she moved … Read MoreDorothy Irene Height (1912-2010)

(1922) Marcus Garvey, “The Principles of The Universal Negro Improvement Association”

In this speech given in New York City on November 25, 1922, Marcus Garvey explains the objectives of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, the organization he believed would lead the worldwide movement toward black liberation. Over five years ago the Universal Negro Improvement Association placed … Read More(1922) Marcus Garvey, “The Principles of The Universal Negro Improvement Association”

Sean “Diddy” Combs (1970- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Born November 4, 1970 in Harlem, New York, Sean “Diddy” Combs is a multi-platinum selling producer, rapper, and successful record company executive. Combs was raised in Harlem, where his father was killed when Combs was three.  His mother moved the family … Read MoreSean “Diddy” Combs (1970- )

Edith Spurlock Sampson (1901-1979)

  Image ©Bettmann/Corbis Edith Spurlock was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 13, 1901. She grew up in a working class family, one of seven children, and attended Pittsburgh’s Peabody High School.  Upon graduation, she married Rufus Sampson, a field agent for Tuskegee Institute in … Read MoreEdith Spurlock Sampson (1901-1979)