Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price was born in 1927 in Laurel, Mississippi. She learned to play the piano when she was very young. In high school she became known as a powerful vocal talent. After college she studied voice at Juilliard School in New York City on a full scholarship...
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was an innovator of Jazz poetry, a prolific writer and one of the principal voices of the Harlem Renaissance. In 1921, his poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” was published in The Crisis. In 1924 Hughes received an Opportunity award for first prize in...
Rosanell Eaton

Rosanell Eaton

Rosanell Eaton is a civil rights worker. When she was 21 years old, she became one of the first African Americans to vote in her county after completing a literacy test. She has registered more than 4,000 citizens to vote in North Carolina.
Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham led her own dance troupe, the Katherine Dunham Dance Company for more than 30 years. She choreographed nearly 100 works, earning the honorary title “Queen Mother of Black Dance.” She was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1909 to an African American father...
Jessie Redmond Fauset

Jessie Redmond Fauset

Jessie Fauset was born on April 27, 1882, in Frederickville, New Jersey. Jessie’s mother died when she was young. Her mother and father emphasized education for their children. She attended Philadelphia High school for Girls, and graduated as valedictorian of her...
Ms. Ida B. Wells

Ms. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells Barnett 1862-1931 Ida Wells Barnett was a trailblazing journalist, a co-founder of the NAACP and a fierce advocate for equal rights and against lynching. From 1884 to 1891, Ida B. Wells taught segregated public school in Memphis, Tennessee, and began...