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...Fannie Barrier was born on 12 February 1855 in Brockport, New York, and died there on 4 March 1944. As a third-generation Free Negro, her life differed dramatically from that of the typical African-American slave. She was trained...
...Delany, Martin Robison Martin Robison Delany was born in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) on 6 May 1812, and he died on 24 January 1885 in Wilberforce, Ohio. His father, Samuel, was a slave but his mother, Pati Peace, was a free...
...Washington, Booker Taliaferro Booker T. Washington was born into slavery on 4 April 1856 in Franklin County south of Roanoke, Virginia. He was educated at Virginia’s Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, a freedmen school devoted...
...Mays, Benjamin Elijah Benjamin Elijah Mays was born on 1 August 1894 (or possibly 1895) near Rambo (now Epworth), South Carolina. He received his BA with honors from Bates College in Maine in 1920, and also received his ordination...
...Kwasi Wiredu is currently Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. He was a professor there from 1987 until retiring in 2007. For much of his career he was a professor of philosophy at the University...
...Whipper, William William Whipper was born on 22 February 1804 in Drumore Township (now Little Britain Township) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Nance, a female slave, and a white merchant. He was raised in the home...
...Turner, Henry McNeal Henry Turner was born to free parents 1 February 1834 in Newberry, Abbeville County, South Carolina. As a young man he did agricultural work and also received some training as a blacksmith. Because the educating...
...Howard Thurman was born on 18 November 1899 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The racial discrimination policies of Daytona prevented black youth from attending local high schools. Thurman left Daytona to receive his secondary education...
...Joseph Washington was born on 30 October 1930 in Iowa City, Iowa. He received a BA degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. After serving in the United States Army for two years, Washington continued his training...
...Benjamin Banneker, Benjamin Banneker was a multitalented free black man from Maryland who gained prominence in several occupations, including surveying, publishing, astronomy, and mathematics. Banneker's grandmother was Molly Walsh...