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Mary McLeod Bethune

For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth." - Mary McLeod Bethune 

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Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers work as a civil rights activist in Mississippi helped end segregation at the University of Mississippi.

Hip Hop Culture Timeline: 1970 to 1983

A timeline of hip hop culture tracing the beginning of the movement in the 1970s through the 1990s.

Men of the Black Arts Movement

Prominent contributions by men of the Black Arts Movement

Women of the Black Arts Movement

Prominent women of the Black Arts Movement

William Grant Still

William Grant Still known as the "Dean" of African-American composers. He was the first African-American to compose and conduct an orchestra in the United States.

African-American Modern Dance Choreographers

Alvin Ailey, founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, popularized modern dance.

Florence Mills

Actress, singer and vaudeville performer Florence Mills is considered the first African-American international superstar.

African-American Filmmakers

Oscar Micheaux was the first African-American to produce a full-length feature film.

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks is the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Brooks poetry is influenced by the Great Migration and later the Black Power Movement.

Jazz Legends

Duke Ellington's career as a composer, writer, pianist and bandleader spanned more than 50 years.

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