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Cori Bush (1976- )

Cori Anika Bush is the first African America woman elected to represent Missouri’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is also a single parent, a registered nurse, a former pastor, an activist, and a community organizer. Bush was born July 21, 1976 and raised … Read MoreCori Bush (1976- )

Nikema Williams (1978- )

Nikema Williams is the first Black chairwoman of the Georgia Democratic Party, a former state senator, and the first woman to serve as representative of Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, filling the seat held since 1987 by the late civil rights icon John Lewis. Williams was … Read MoreNikema Williams (1978- )

Djenné, Mali (11th or 13th century- )

Djenné, also known as Jenne or Dienné, is a southern Malian city that was an ancient center for trading and Muslim scholarship during its height. It is nestled on the Bani River and is approximately 220 miles southwest of Timbuktu. The city had a population … Read MoreDjenné, Mali (11th or 13th century- )

Jamaal Bowman (1976- )

Jamaal Bowman is a politician and educator who became the Democratic Representative for New York’s 16th Congressional District in 2021. Bowman was born on April 1, 1976 in Manhattan, New York City to unnamed parents. He lived with his grandmother in the East River Houses … Read MoreJamaal Bowman (1976- )

Arnold Josiah Ford (1877-1935)

Arnold Josiah Ford was a black nationalist, rabbi, and emigrationist. Ford was born on April 23, 1877 in Bridgetown, Barbados to Edward Ford, a policeman, and Elizabeth Augusta Braithwaite, a homemaker. Ford parents wanted him to become a musician and provided him with private tutors … Read MoreArnold Josiah Ford (1877-1935)

Roland G. Fryer, Jr. (1977- )

Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is an economist, the youngest African American to receive tenure at Harvard University, and one of the youngest professors in the school’s history. Roland Gerhard Fryer, Jr. was born in Daytona Beach, Florida on June 4, 1977 to Roland Gerard Fryer, … Read MoreRoland G. Fryer, Jr. (1977- )

Ted Rasberry (1913-2001)

Ted Rasberry was a player and team owner in the Negro Baseball Leagues. Rasberry was born on October 8, 1913, in West Point, Mississippi, and in his youth, played basketball, baseball and football. He attended Mississippi Industrial College and graduated with a degree in teaching … Read MoreTed Rasberry (1913-2001)

Minnie Forbes (1932- )

Minnie Forbes is one of a handful of women to own a Negro League Baseball Team. Forbes owned the Detroit Stars team from 1956 to 1958. Forbes was born in Mississippi in 1932, and in 1945, her family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to live … Read MoreMinnie Forbes (1932- )

The Cleveland Buckeyes (1941-1950)

The Cleveland Buckeyes were a Negro League baseball team established initially as the Buckeyes Baseball Club, in Cincinnati, Ohio. On the eve of World War II, a white Cleveland sports promoter, Wilbur Hayes, approached Erie, Pennsylvania black businessman Ernest Wright about financially backing a Cleveland-based … Read MoreThe Cleveland Buckeyes (1941-1950)