Max Yergan
Max Yergan (July 19, 1892 in Raleigh, North Carolina – April 11, 1975) was an African-American activist notable for being a Baptist missionary for the YMCA, then a Communist working with Paul Robeson,...
Harry Burleigh
Henry "Harry" Thacker Burleigh (December 2, 1866 – September 12, 1949), a baritone, was an African-American classical composer, arranger, and professional singer. He was the first black composer to be...
Benjamin Griffith Brawley
Benjamin Griffith Brawley (April 22, 1882 - February 1, 1939) was a prominent African-American author and educator. Several of his books were considered standard college texts, including The Negro in...
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Countee Cullen
Countee Cullen (May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946) was an African-American poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. (He pronounced his name "Coun-tay," not "Coun-tee.")
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William Grant Still
William Grant Still (May 11, 1895 – December 3, 1978) was an African-American classical composer who wrote more than 150 compositions. He was the first African-American to conduct a major American sy...
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Nella Larsen
Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen, born Nellie Walker (April 13, 1891 – March 30, 1964), was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. First working as a nurse and a librarian, she published two novels...
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Robert Elijah Jones
Robert Elijah Jones (1872 — 1960) was an American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church and The Methodist Church in the U.S., elected in 1920. Along with Matthew Wesley Clair, Jones was one...
John Manuel Gandy
John Manuel Gandy (1870–1947) was the third president of Virginia State College. He became the president in 1914, replacing James Hugo Johnston. While president of the University, he also served as ...
Archie Alexander
Archie Alphonso Alexander (14 May 1888 – 4 January 1958) was an African-American mathematician and engineer. He was an early African-American graduate of the University of Iowa and the first to gradua...
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James H. Dillard
James Hardy Dillard (October 24, 1856 – August 2, 1940) was an educator from Virginia. The son of slaveholders, Dillard was educated at Washington and Lee University and held a variety of teaching pos...
Channing Heggie Tobias
Channing Heggie Tobias (February 1, 1882 in Augusta, Georgia – November 5, 1961 in Manhattan, NY) was a civil rights activist and Spingarn Medalist. In 1946 he was appointed to the President's Committ...
Eric D. Walrond
Eric Derwent Walrond (December 18, 1898 - August 8, 1966) was an Afro-Caribbean Harlem Renaissance writer and journalist, who made a lasting contribution to literature; his work remains in print today...
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Hale Woodruff
Hale Aspacio Woodruff (August 26, 1900 - September 6, 1980) was an African-American artist known for his murals, paintings, and prints. He sought to express his sense of heritage in abstract painting....
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John Hope (educator)
John Hope (June 2, 1868 – February 22, 1936), born in Augusta, Georgia, was an African-American educator and political activist, the first African-descended president of both Morehouse College in 1906...
Robert Nathaniel Dett
Robert Nathaniel Dett (October 11, 1882 – October 2, 1943), often known as R. Nathaniel Dett, was a composer in the United States and Canada. During his lifetime he was one of the most successful blac...
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Sargent Claude Johnson
Sargent Claude Johnson (October 7, 1888 – October 10, 1967) was one of the first African-American artists working in California to achieve a national reputation. He was known for Abstract Figurative a...
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Julius Rosenwald
Julius Rosenwald (August 12, 1862 – January 6, 1932) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He is best known as a part-owner and leader of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and for establishing the...
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Arturo Alfonso Schomburg
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, also Arthur Schomburg (January 24, 1874 – June 8, 1938), was a Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist in the United States who researched and raised awareness of the g...
Janie Porter Barrett
Janie Porter Barrett (née Porter) (August 1865 – August 27, 1948) was an American social reformer, educator and welfare worker. She established the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls, a pion...
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Thomas Monroe Campbell
Thomas Monroe Campbell (1883 – 1956) was the first Cooperative Extension Agent in the United States and headed the first Extension Program as a field agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
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Hall Johnson
Hall Johnson (March 12, 1888 – April 30, 1970) was one of a number of American composers and arrangers—including Harry T. Burleigh, R. Nathaniel Dett, and Eva Jessye — who elevated the African-America...
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Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.
Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. (May 5, 1865 – June 12, 1953) was an American pastor who developed the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York as the largest Protestant congregation in the countr...
Henry A. Hunt
Henry Alexander Hunt (October 10, 1866 - October 1, 1938) was an African-American educator who led efforts to reach blacks in rural areas of Georgia. He was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the National...
Robert Russa Moton
Robert Russa Moton (August 26, 1867 – May 31, 1940) was an African-American educator and author. He served as an administrator at Hampton Institute. In 1915 he was named principal of Tuskegee Institut...
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Will W. Alexander
Will W. Alexander (1884–1956) was chief executive officer of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC) as well as the first president of Dillard University. Alexander originally had no desire to...
Henry C. McDowell, Jr.
Henry Clay McDowell, Jr., (August 24, 1861 – October 8, 1933) was a Virginia lawyer and federal judge. He was the son of Henry Clay McDowell, proprietor of Ashland Farm and one of Kentucky's most nota...
Charles Clinton Spaulding
Charles Clinton Spaulding (August 1, 1874 – August 1, 1952) was a prominent business leader who founded North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, which became America's largest black-owned busines...
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James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leader...
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John Fletcher Hurst
John Fletcher Hurst (August 17, 1834 – May 4, 1903) was an American bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church and first Chancellor of the American University in Washington, D.C.
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Charles S. Johnson
Charles Spurgeon Johnson (July 24, 1893 – October 27, 1956) was an American sociologist and college administrator, the first black president of historically black Fisk University, and a lifelong...
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