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BlackUSA History

Marjorie Joyner First African American Female Patent Holder

Alex Haley Novelist

Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback Union Officer

Sarah Vaughan Singer

William Eldon "Willie" O'Ree First Black to play in the NHL

Paul Robeson Entertainer, Activist

Lucy Terry Poet, storyteller, and colonial activist

Charlie Parker Jazz Pioneer

Amiri Baraka American poet, playwright, and political activist

Matthew Alexander Henson Explorer

Whitney Moore Young Civil rights leader

Absalom Jones One of the first two black Americans to receive formal ordination in any den

Norbert Rillieux was born on March 17, 1806 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Norbert was born a

U.S.S. Mason The only WWII U.S. Navy warship manned by a predominantly African-American cr

W.E.B. DuBoise Writer and social scientist