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Online Encyclopedia: African American History, People

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
55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment (1863-1865)People
6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (1945–1946)People
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
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
Aggrey, Orison Rudolph (1926- )People
Aiken, Kimberly (1975- )People
Ailey, Alvin (1931-1989)People
Akuetteh, Cynthia Helen (1948- )People
Albert, Octavia Victoria Rogers (1853-1890)People
Aldridge, Ira (1807-1867)People
Alexander, Archer (ca. 1810-1879)People
Alexander, Archie Alphonso (1888-1958)People
Alexander, Clifford L., Jr. (1933-)People
Alexander, Raymond Pace (1897-1974)People
Alexander, Roberta (1949- )People
Alexander, Sadie Tanner Mossell (1898-1989)People
Algiers Motel Incident (1967)People
Ali, Laila (1977- )People
Ali, Muhammad (1942-2016)People
Allen, Bernadette Mary (1956- )People
Allen, Eugene (1919–2010)People
Allen, Macon Bolling (1816-1894)People
Allen, Norman Robert, Jr. (1957- )People
Allen, Samuel W. (1917-2015)People
Allen, Sanford (1939- )People
Allen, Wendell James (1992-2012)People
Allen, Will (1948 -)People
Allen, William G. (1820- ?)People
Als, Hilton (1960- )People
Amelia Boynton Robinson (1911–2015) People
Amos, Harold (1918-2003)People
Anderson, Caroline Still Wiley (1848-1919)People
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