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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


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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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

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African American Man

At OVTM, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered

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Vertner Woodson Tandy: First Black Registered Architect in New York State

Posted by Jae Jones – Vertner Woodson Tandy was an American architect. He was one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. He

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“The Negro Einstein”

  Not very much is known of his early childhood in New Orleans,but what is known are the achievements he would make in the later years to come. Born to Louis

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George Washington Carver

Scientist and Educator (1864-1943) George Washington Carver was a renowned educator and inventor who devoted his life to improving the lives of others. He taught: “When you do the common

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Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was an American politician, educator, and author. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to Congress, where she represented New York’s 12th Congressional

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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ and the Limits of White Imagination

Has cinema become the de facto leader of the Black community? It would certainly seem so. After watching months of the new president entertain a Black “Celebrity Apprentice,” litany of

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First Black Female Pilot Bessie Coleman Honored with Google Doodle

  By Kiersten Willis Google released a doodle celebrating the life and career of Bessie Coleman, who became the first Black female pilot in 1921. On what would have been her


Remembering the Rochester Riots of 1964

~By Verdis L. Robinson July 1964 was a historical month as President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. On July 2, 1964, Jim

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During the Jim Crow Era, Blacks Used ‘The Green Book’ to avoid being harassed by Whites when they traveled

    As we are in full swing of the holiday season, millions of Americans are traveling throughout the country. Not so long ago, traveling while Black was a treacherous