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  • Bill Pickett

    Bill Pickett

    Bill Pickett was a legendary cowboy and rodeo performer. He is credited with the introduction of a new event to the rodeo: bulldogging.More >>
  • Condoleezza Rice

    Condoleezza Rice

    Dr. Condoleezza Rice became Secretary of State on January 26, 2005. Prior to this, she was the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor, since January 2001.More >>
  • 54th Massachusetts Infantry

    54th Massachusetts Infantry

    The Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry was established in early 1863 under the direction of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. The first all-black Union regiment of the Civil War.More >>
  • Colin Powell

    Colin Powell

    Colin L. Powell was nominated by President Bush on December 16, 2000 as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in as the 65th Secretary of State on JanuaryMore >>
  • Ralph David Abernathy

    Ralph David Abernathy

    Civil Rights leader Ralph David Abernathy was born on March 11, 1926 in Linden, AL. He served as Martin Luther King's chief aide during the Civil Rights struggle of the 1950's and 1960's. More >>
  • Montgomery Improvement Association

    Montgomery Improvement Association

    The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) was organized December 5, 1955, following the conviction of Rosa L. Parks for refusing to yield her seat on a segregated Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. More >>
  • U.S.S. Mason

    The USS Mason was a WWII warship manned mostly by African-Americans. In some circles it was referredt to as "Eleanor's Folly" because Eleanor Roosevelt was an advocate of desegregating thearmed forces. ThereMore >>
  • Talladega College

    Talladega College

    In 1865 two former slaves - William Savery and Thomas Tarrant of Talladega attended a meeting in Mobile of new freedmen. At the meeting it was decided that education of the children and an emphasis onMore >>
  • Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman

    Known as the "Moses" of her people, Harriet Tubman led over 300 slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. More >>
  • Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson was a lawyer, writer, orator, musician, and linguist. He was born in 1898 and would go on to appear in 13 feature films, perform songs in concert over four decades, and act on Broadway. More >>
  • Mary McLeod Bethune

    Mary McLeod Bethune

    May McLeod Bethune was born July 10, 1875 in Maysville, S. Carolina the child of slaves. As a child she spent her time in the cotton fields yet yearned for education so deeply she walked nearly 10 milesMore >>
  • Marian Anderson

    Marian Anderson

    MARIAN ANDERSON 1897-1993 The first African-American singer to perform with the Metropolitan Opera. A glorious God-given voice, nurtured in the choir of the Union Baptist Church, brought recognitionMore >>
  • Benjamin Banneker

    Benjamin Banneker

    Benjamin Banneker was a self-taught man of extraordinary ability. He was a gifted mathematician, astronomer, inventor, surveyor and almanac writer. More >>
  • George Washington Carver

    George Washington Carver

    Educator, scientist, and innovator are only three of the titles by which George Washington Carver may be called. An ardent researcher, Carver loved trying to understand the the natural world and finding practical uses for nature's resources.More >>
  • Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass became the leading spokesman of his time for the abolition of slavery and for racial equality.More >>
  • Fred Gray

    Fred Gray

    Fred Gray has been and is one of the most recognized lawyers in the state of Alabama. He has a long history of involvement in the civil rights struggle. More >>
  • Vernon Johns

    Vernon Johns

    Rev. Vernon Johns was the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL from 1948-1952.  In the 1940s he was considered among the top black preachers of the time.More >>
  • Mae Jemison

    Mae Jemison

    Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African-American woman to enter space. Dr. Jemison has a chemical engineering degree from Stanford and a M.D. from Cornell. Jemison spent two years in Africa with the PeaceMore >>
  • John Lewis

    John Lewis

    Congressman John Lewis is a distinguished civil rights leader and current U.S. congressman from Georgia. Lewis grew up near Troy, Alabama.More >>
  • Martin Luther King

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Considered by many to be the pre-eminent civil rights leader in American History, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. More >>
  • Thurgood Marshall

    Thurgood Marshall

    Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court and played a vital role in the civil rights history of the United States. Thurgood Marshall graduated fromMore >>
  • E.D. Nixon

    E.D. Nixon

    E.D. Nixon was often thought of as "Mr. Civil Rights" in Montgomery during the struggle for civil rights. More >>
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