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Medgar Evers was an American civil rights activist in Mississippi, the state’s field secretary for the NAACP, and a World War II veteran who had served in the United States Army. He worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi, end the segregation of public facilities, and expand opportunities for African Americans, which included the enforcement of voting rights.
Dr. Vernon Johns was an American minister, born in Virginia in 1892. He graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary and College in 1915 (AB) and earned a BD from Oberlin College three years later. He was a minister at several black churches in the South and a pioneer in the civil
Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was born on January 26, 1892, in Atlanta, Texas to Susan and George Coleman. Bessie was an American aviator and the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. After graduating from school, she went to Oklahoma to attend the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University which
Esther Lee Jones (Baby Esther), born in 1919, was a child entertainer who lived in Chicago, Illinois. She was managed by her mother and father, Gertrude and William Jones. Esther was a trained scat singer, dancer, and acrobat who used to perform regularly at nightclubs in Harlem and all over
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college
The unrest around slavery didn’t start with the Civil War. It actually started in 1688 with the Quakers who were living in Germantown. The Quakers, known as The Society of Friends, have a long history of abolition. The Quakers were unaccustomed to slavery although there was a shortage of labor.

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