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  • Langston Hughes Black History

    Langston Hughes (1901–1967)

      Langston Hughes was an African American poet, playwright, and novelist who was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance and Black history. Born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri, Hughes grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and later lived...

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  • Malcolm X Black History

    Malcolm X (1925–1965)

      Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little, May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) was an American human rights activist, minister, and prominent Black nationalist leader who sought to promote the interests of African Americans. He rose to prominence in the...

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  • Hank Aaron Black History

    Hank Aaron (1934–2021)

      Henry Louis Aaron, nicknamed "Hank Aaron," was an American professional baseball player born in Mobile, Alabama, in February 1934. Aaron is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, with a record for the most...

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  • Frederick Douglass Black History

    Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

      Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, and orator born into slavery in Maryland in February 1818. Douglass escaped slavery in 1838 and became one of the most prominent voices in the movement to abolish slavery in the...

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  • Harriet Tubman Black History

    Harriet Tubman (1822–1913)

      Harriet Tubman (1822–1913) was an African American abolitionist and humanitarian. Born into slavery in Maryland's Eastern Shore, she escaped slavery in 1849. Subsequently, she made 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the...

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  • Martin Luther King Jr. Black History

    Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

      Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, African American Civil Rights Movement leader, and a critical figure in Black History. He was a prominent advocate for nonviolence and civil...

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  • Angela Yvonne Davis Black History

    Angela Davis (1944 - Present)

      Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and professor who has made significant contributions to the fields of feminist, black, and critical theory. Born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, Davis was raised in a middle-class...

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  • Sojourner Truth Black History

    Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)

      Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), born as Isabella Baumfree, was an African American abolitionist, women's rights activist, evangelist, and a former slave born in Swartekill, New York, in approximately 1797. She is best known for her speeches and activism on behalf...

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