Madam CJ Walker

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist, Madam C.J. Walker rose from poverty in the South to become one of the wealthiest African American women of her time. She used her position to advocate for…

Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry was born at Provident Hospital on the South Side of Chicago on May 19, 1930. She was the youngest of Nannie Perry Hansberry and Carl Augustus Hansberry’s four children. Her father…

John Mercer

Washington, D.C.), black leader, educator, and diplomat, who is believed to have been the first black ever elected to public office in the United States. The son of a Virginia planter and a slave…