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Madam C. J. Walker

Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist. She was one of the first female self-made millionaires in the…

John Mercer Langston

John Mercer Langston was the first black man to become a lawyer when he passed the bar in Ohio in 1854. When he was elected to the post of Town Clerk for Brownhelm, Ohio, in 1855 Langston became one…

Katherine G. Johnson

One of NASA's human 'computers,' Katherine G. Johnson performed the complex calculations that enabled humans to successfully achieve space flight. Born in 1918 in West Virginia, Katherine G. Johnson…

Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. During her eight-day mission, she worked with U.S. and Japanese researchers, and was a…

Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel was an American stage actress, professional singer-songwriter and comedian. In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American performer to win an Academy Award for her portrayal…

Daniel Hale Williams

Daniel Hale Williams was one of the first physicians to perform open-heart surgery in the United States and founded a hospital with an interracial staff.  Daniel Hale Williams pursued a pioneering…