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Lt. Colonel Charity Adams Earley, a distinguished WAC commander

When the man in the Oval Office impugned the war dead, calling them “suckers” and “losers,” it’s easy to recall the countless number of brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in the fight against an enemy.
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Judge William Hastie, the first Black federal judge

Last week we featured Judge Constance Baker Motley and with the focus now on Judge William Henry Hastie Jr. we feel there is both gender and judicial balance.
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Judge Constance Baker Motley, dismantled Jim Crow laws

Constance Baker Motley nation’s first Black female federal judge
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Artie Wilson, the last top-level baseball player to hit .400

Two weeks ago on the Jeff Santos radio show, it was my pleasure to share airtime with Gaylon White, author of three baseball books, including Singles and Smiles—How Artie Wilson Broke Baseball’s Color Barrier.
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Adella Hunt Logan, educator and suffragette

Organizations and institutions around the nation are in preparation for the centennial celebration of the Women’s Suffragette movement.
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Henry “Black Death” Johnson, World War I hero

There is no evidence that Kathryn Johnson, whom we featured last week, had any contact with Henry Johnson during their stay in France on the battlefront in and around the Argonne Forest.
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Kathryn Magnolia Johnson, teacher, author, and activist

Of the two women, Addie Waites Hunton and Kathryn Johnson, who provided the world with an insightful portrait of Black soldiers and others during World War I, Hunton’s legacy was remarkably extended by her activist son
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Edward C. Williams, the first professionally trained Black Librarian in U.S.

As ever, there is an attempt to balance gender and profession in our profiles, and I think Edward Christopher Williams comes pretty close to matching the prestige and esteem of last week’s feature on Ola Mae Spinks.
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Ola Mae Spinks, dedicated teacher and librarian

Writers, researchers, and book lovers in general living in and around Detroit probably at some point encountered Ola Mae Spinks.
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The Rev. James Gloucester: abolitionist, church leader and herbalist

Among radical abolitionist John Brown’s most trusted supporters and benefactors was the Rev. Dr. James Gloucester.
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The redoubtable, resourceful Elizabeth Gloucester

Invariably around this flip of the calendar and the 4th of July, the great abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass commands attention, particularly for his memorable speech that centered on the nation’s hypocrisy, asking what the day means to enslaved people.
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Jacob Lawrence, whose paintings documented Black history

Jacob Lawrence was the first African American, as a stewards mate in the Coast Guard, to be appointed a Combat Artist.
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Dr. Olivia Hooker, first Black woman in the Coast Guard, eyewitness to Tulsa Massacre

Trump’s disaster in Tulsa presents us an opportunity to discuss the city’s race riot of 1921 when countless number of African Americans were killed and the Greenwood District, or “Black Wall Street,” was destroyed.
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A literary promise of greatness—Henry Dumas

It is easy to summon a list of Black men whose lives have been snuffed out by unwarranted violence by white police officers, a list that is provoked by the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis when an officer ...
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Bohannon, percussionist, producer and bandleader

News of Little Richard’s death on May 9 made him the second notable musician from Georgia to leave us in the last two weeks with the passing of drummer Hamilton Bohannon on April 24.
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