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Sarah Rector (1902-1967)

This entry is for juvenile audiences. To see the full version of this entry, click here. Who are they: Eleven-year-old Sarah Rector became the “richest colored girl in America” when she inherited millions of dollars. Why are they important to know about: Native Americans and … Read MoreSarah Rector (1902-1967)

Dasia Taylor (2004- )

Teenage scientist and inventor Dasia Taylor was born on April 6, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois, to LaDonna Phillips. When she was eight, they moved to Madison, Indiana, and on to Iowa City, Iowa. She attended Creek Southeast Junior High School and graduated from Iowa City … Read MoreDasia Taylor (2004- )

The Stolen Girls (1963)

This entry is for juvenile audiences. To see the full version of this entry, click here. Who are they: In 1963, 200 African American youth protested segregation in downtown Americus, Georgia. Of the girls who were arrested that day, 35 were not released immediately from … Read MoreThe Stolen Girls (1963)

Barbara Ann Posey Jones (1943- )

This entry is for juvenile audiences. To see the full version of this entry, click here. Who are they: Barbara Ann Posey was one of the most important youth leaders early in the campaign to desegregate public spaces in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Why are they … Read MoreBarbara Ann Posey Jones (1943- )

Charles Mitchell, Slavery, and Washington Territory in 1860

This entry is for juvenile audiences. To see the full version of this entry, click here. Who are they: Charles Mitchell was born into slavery in 1847 on the Marengo Plantation in Maryland. He was born to a free white man, also named Charles Mitchell, … Read MoreCharles Mitchell, Slavery, and Washington Territory in 1860

George Washington Lee (1903-1955)

George Washington Lee was an African American civil rights leader, minister, and entrepreneur. On May 7, 1955, Lee was murdered by white supremacists in Belzoni, Mississippi. The murder remains unsolved. Lee’s murdered was one of two key events that occurred in Mississippi in 1955 along … Read MoreGeorge Washington Lee (1903-1955)

Frank Cooper III (1964- )

Global marketer Frank Cooper, III was born on May 8, 1964, in San Francisco, California. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and the Juris Doctorate in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School in … Read MoreFrank Cooper III (1964- )

8) Los Angeles (1781)

With a population of nearly 4 million people, Los Angeles, California is the second-largest city in the United States. About 48.6% of the population in the city identifies as Latino and 9% as African American. Los Angeles also has some of the most polluted air … Read More8) Los Angeles (1781)

Mabel Treadwell Grammer (1913-2002)

Tireless adoption advocate and civil rights activist Mabel T. Grammer was born on December 23, 1913, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the granddaughter of slaves and one of the seven children of Pearl and Edward Treadwell. Her father, who worked as a bellhop, died when she … Read MoreMabel Treadwell Grammer (1913-2002)