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Barack Obama

44th President of the United States(Born August 4th, 1961   Born in Hawaii in 1961, and raised with the help of his grandparents, President Obama’s story is truly inspirational, and

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W.E.B. DuBois: Sociologist, Historian and Civil Rights Activist (1868-1963)

By OV STAFF   W.E.B. Du Bois in his office   A pioneering intellectual and controversial figure on the world’s stage, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a man whose

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Matthew Henson Artic Explorer(1866-1955)

By OV Staff Matthew Henson     Notorious for discovering the North Pole, Matthew Henson was the first African-American Arctic Explorer. Born on August 8, 1866, in Charles County, Maryland,

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Who Invented the Lawnmower?

John Burr was a prominent 19th-century African American inventor. He is best-known for his invention of the modern rotary lawnmower. Not much is known about Burr’s life, but he was

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Mary McLeod Bethune: American Educator and Civil Rights Leader (1875-1955)

By OV Staff Near penniless, but driven by a consuming desire to educate black youth, Mary McLeod Bethune founded what is now Bethune-Cookman University in 1904- an institution whoich continues

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Buffalo Soldiers: Corporal Isiah Mays

Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and recipient of America’s highest military decoration (1858-1925) A Buffalo Soldier in the Indian Wars, Corporal Isiah Mays was the first African-American to

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Harriet Tubman- Humanitarian, Abolitionist, and Spy (1820-1913)

OV Staff   Harriet Tubman was an African American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom an

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Frederick Douglass- Orator, Author, and Politician (1818 – 1895)

Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and stateman, Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, he was taught to read by the wife of a slave-owner. After escaping from

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Back Down Memory Lane: Jefferson Avenue

    Photos Courtesy of Willie J Lightfoot   By James Young I remember Jefferson Avenue from Plymouth Avenue to Main Street as this corridor of Black Pride which resonated

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Jane Bolin: First Black Female Judge in the United States

Image Courtesy of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library Jane Bolin was the first black women graduate of Yale Law School and the first

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Booker T. Washington: Author, Educator, and Civil Rights Activist (1856-1915)

    Born into slavery and freed by the Civil War, Booker Taliaferro Washington was an educator, author, and prominent African American Civil Rights leader. In 1901, Washington was invited

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Elijah McCoy Inventor(1844-1929)

By OV Staff Elijah McCoy studied mechanical engineering in Scotland, then worked for the Michigan Central Railroad. He invented an automatic lubricating system for steam engines that enabled railroads to

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JOURNEY THROUGH AFRO-ROCHESTER:

By David A. Anderson, Ph.D It was a somewhat mild February day in 1960. Still, scarves were tucked inside the zipped up jackets of the 60 or so people walking