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Online Encyclopedia of Significant People and Places in African American History

The following are short descriptions of individuals, places and events which have contributed to the shaping of African American history. These encyclopedia entries serve as a starting point for much more inclusive descriptions and discussions that appear in other sources. For additional information please consult the print or website sources cited in the entry.

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Beaty, Powhatan (1837–1916)People
Gaines, Tomie Louis (1922–2016)People
Vanzant, Iyanla (1953- )People
Wilson Jr., Harrison B. (1925– )People
(Beasley) Evers-Williams, Myrlie Louise (1933- )People
100 Black Men of America, Inc.Organizations
1895 New Orleans Dockworkers Riot (1894-1895)Events
1964 Chicago Riots (August 1964)Events
1964 Paterson, New Jersey Uprising (1964)Events
1966 Chicago, Illinois Uprising (1966)Events
1st Louisiana Native Guard, CSA (1861-1862)Organizations
1st Louisiana Native Guard, USA / Corps d’Afrique (1862-1863)Organizations
1st Rhode Island RegimentOrganizations
2016 Milwaukee RiotEvents
32nd and 33rd WAACS Headquarters Companies (World War II)Organizations
369th Infantry Regiment “Harlem Hellfighters”Organizations
54th Massachusetts Infantry (1863-1865)Organizations
55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (1863-1865)People
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (1945–1946)People
761st Tank Battalion (1942-45)Organizations
92nd Infantry Division, (1917–1919, 1942–1945)Organizations
A. Philip Randolph Institute (1965- ) Institutions
Aaron, Henry Louis “Hank” (1934- )People
Abbott, Cleveland Leigh (1892–1955)People
Abbott, Robert Sengstacke (1870-1940)People
Abdullah, Aquil (1973- )People
Abele, Julian F. (1881-1950)People
Abercrombie-Winstanley, Gina Kay (1957- )People
Abernathy, Ralph (1926-1990)People
Abiel Smith School (1798-1855)Organizations
Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City (1808- )Institutions
Adams, Alma Shealey (1946-)People
Adams, Henry [Kentucky] (1802–1872)People
Adams, Henry [Louisiana] (1843 - ?)People
Adams, John Quincy ["J. Q."] (1848-1922)People
Adams, Jr., Oscar (1925–1997)People
Adams, Victoria Jackson Gray (1926-2006)People
Adderley, Julian Edwin “Cannonball” (1928-1975)People
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi (1977- )People
Adu, Freddy (1989-- )People
African Baptist Church [Boston] (1805- )Institutions
African Blood Brotherhood (1919-1924)Organizations
African Company / African Grove TheatreOrganizations
African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1792- ) Churches
African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church (1821- )Churches
African Zion Baptist Church [Malden] (1852- )Institutions
Afro-American Council (1898-1907)Organizations
Aggrey, Orison Rudolph (1926- )People
Aiken, Kimberly (1975- )People
Ailey, Alvin (1931-1989)People
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