Dr. Mark Dean

Dr. Mark Dean Dr. Mark Dean started working at IBM in 1980 and was instrumental in the invention of the personal computer (PC). He holds three of IBM’s original nine PC patents and currently holds more than 20 total patents. The famous African-American has helped IBM make instrumental changes in areas ranging from the research […]

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson, is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She is best known for her Book Award. She is also the first Black woman director in Hollywood. Angelou has written, produced, directed, and starred in several types of productions. […]

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Carol Moseley-Braun

First Black Woman Elected to US Senate

Carol Moseley-Braun Moseley-Braun made history in 1992 when she was elected to the US Senate (Illinois), becoming the first Black woman to do so. She upset two-term incumbent Alan Dixon in the Democratic primary and went on to defeat Republican candidate Richard Williamson. As a senator, she sponsored several progressive education bills and championed strong […]

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Jackie Robinson

First African American to join Major League Baseball

Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson became the first African-American of the 20th century to join Major League baseball in 1947. He endured mistreatment from fellow ball players, and baseball fans with quiet dignity and paved the way for the integration of America‚Äôs favorite past time. He played with the Brooklyn Dodgers earning the honor of Rookie […]

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