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A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(b. 25 February 1928; d. 14 December 1998),

legal scholar, author, historian, civil rights advocate, and prominent federal judge. Brought up in humble circumstances in Trenton, New...

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A. Philip Randolph

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

(1889–1979), union head and civil rights leader.

A socialist, Asa Philip Randolph saw economic empowerment as the key to African-American advancement, a philosophy he espoused in...

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Aaron Henry

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(b. 2 July 1922; d. 19 May 1997),

civil rights activist and politician. Born in Dublin, Mississippi, to sharecroppers who encouraged him to get an education, Aaron Henry joined the...

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Aaron McGruder

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Since its creation by Aaron McGruder (b. 29 May 1974), The Boondocks has filled mailbags of newspaper editors across the country with congratulatory and condemning letters. Taking on racial...

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Abby Kelley Foster

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(b. 15 January 1810; d. 14 January 1887), reformer, abolitionist, lecturer, and women's rights activist.

Abby Kelley was born in Pelham, Massachusetts, to parents of Irish-Quaker...

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Abdul Rahaman

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(b. c. 1762; d. 6 July 1829),

perhaps the most well-known African in America in the 1820s. Ibrahima Abdul Rahaman was born in Timbo, Futa Jallon, Guinea, to King Suri ...

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Abram Harris, Jr.

Overview page. Subjects: Economics — United States History.

(b. 17 January 1899; d. 6 November 1963),

political economist, economic historian and theorist, and social critic. Abram Lincoln Harris Jr. was born in Richmond, Virginia; his...

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Absalom Jones

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(b. 6 November 1746; d. 13 February 1818), African American religious leader, abolitionist, social activist, and first black bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Jones was born a slave...

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Abyssinian Baptist Church

Overview page. Subjects: United States History.

The African American members of the First Baptist Church in New York City withdrew their membership in 1808 when they were subjected to racially segregated seating. With Ethiopian merchants...

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Academic Freedom.

Overview page. Subjects: Law — United States History.

The American tradition of academic freedom drew inspiration from the German concept of Lehrfreiheit, the statutory rights of professors in state universities to teach and do research...

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