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Booker T. Washington (April 5, 1856 - November 14, 1915) was an educator, author, orator, and advisor to Presidents of the United States. In 1901, he became the first African American invited to dine at the White House. In 1940, Washington became the first African-American to be portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp. Opening day orator at the Atlanta Exposition where he gave his famous "Atlanta Compromise" speech.

Booker T Washington (April 1856 – November was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to Republican presidents. He was the dominant leader in the African-American community in the United States from 1890 to

African-American inventor Elijah the Real McCoy was born in Canada on May 2, 1844, the son of escaped slaves.  During his life time McCoy received 57 patents for devices which improved versions of his automatic lubrication process. The high quality of McCoy's inventions gained such notoriety that the phrase "the Real McCoy" was coined to distinguish his inventions from cheap imitations.

Elijah McCoy, an African-American man, invented a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running. Others tried similar devices, but his was the best – and that’s the origination of the phrase The Real McCoy

1963 American hired its first African American stew.

Joan Dorsey was the first African-American flight attendant hired to work for American Airlines. JOAN DORSEY for your sacrifice and for setting a standard which made the life I now love to live possible!

Harriet Tubman. One of my favorite quotes of hers, "I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta March 1822 – March was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and Union spy during the American Civil War.

Martin Luther King, Jr with his father and son, Atlanta, Georgia, March 22, 1963. Photo by Richard Avedon.

Michael King I II and III which later changed their names to Martin Luther King after the teachings of Martin Luther. Martin Luther King, Jr with his father and son, Atlanta, Georgia, March Photo by Richard Avedon.

Howard P. Perry was the first African American to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942

"Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U. Marine Corps started enlisting blacks on June The first African American to enlist was Howard P. Perry shown here.

Anthony Bowen purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland and founded the…

Anthony Bowen, who purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland, founded the first YMCA chapter for Black Americans in This was one of the first organizations for Black Americans. Bowen was an abolitionist and advised President Lincoln to.

Bessie Coleman - first female African American pilot. No American flight schools would take her, so she moved to France to train and live. She earned her living barnstorming and stunt flying.

Bessie Coleman: The first African-American woman pilot is highlighted in Kate Schatz's new book Rad American Women A-Z. In addition to this star aviator, Rad American Women features an awesome list of real-life women you can dress up as for Halloween.

Dr. Eliza Ann Grier. Born a slave she became the first African American to practice medicine in Georgia. | African Heritage City

Elizabeth Ann Grier, the first African-American woman licensed to practice medicine in Georgia. She was an emancipated slave who alternated every year of her medical education with a year of picking cotton in order to pay for her training.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr accomplished more in 39 years of life than any man could wish to accomplish in 100 lifetimes. He was born January 15, 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

Martin Luther King Jr was born January 1929 into a life of Southern segration but would eventually be thrust into a unique position where he would become a national icon in the history of American progressivism.

The Gullah people are African Americans who live in the Low Country region of South Carolina and Georgia. The Gullah are known for preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African American community in the United States. The Gullah dialect is rooted in West and Central Africa, combined with English and other languages such as French.

Cooking, “Gullah Style” Gullah Chef Bill Gree n The Gullah people are African Americans who live in the Low Country region of South Caroli.

Amanda Cray says: "The woman holding the baby is Kitty Cloud Taylor. She married John Taylor a Buffalo Soldier from Kentucky who settled with the Ute Indians in modern day Ignacio, Colorado. The woman standing next to her is her sister, the older child is Euterpe Taylor. Euterpe is my boyfriend's great grandma." And Euterpe has beautiful boots that are just like her mama's!

FAMILY Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans - thus many later became classified as Black Indians

Little Sarah Rector, a former slave, became one of the richest little girls in America in 1914. Rector had been born among the Creek Indians, as a descendant of slaves. As a result of an earlier land treaty from the government. Back in 1887, the government awarded the Creek minors children 160 acres of land, which passed to Rector after her parents' deaths. Though her land was thought to be useless, oil was discovered in its depths in 1914, when she was just 10 years old.

Birth Affidavit of Sarah Rector & Photo of Sarah as young girl Her name was Sarah Rector. She was a young black girl born in Indian Terri.