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Jeannie Pepper Breaks Boundaries in the Porn Industry

February 10th, 2012

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Jeannie Pepper Breaks Boundaries in the Porn Industry

A short profile of Jeannie Pepper.

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Responding to Clark & Clark Through Art

February 9th, 2012

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Responding to Clark & Clark Through Art

A short profile of artist Lauren Kelley.

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Black Woman on Broadway

February 8th, 2012

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Black Woman on Broadway

Vinnette Justine Carroll was the first African-American woman to direct on Broadway, and so far the only African-American woman to be nominated for a Tony Award in Direction.

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Ruby Bridges is a New Orleans Shero

February 7th, 2012

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Ruby Bridges is a New Orleans Shero

Ruby Bridges, a civil rights icon, is one of the first African-American children to attend and integrate an all-white elementary school in the South.

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In Our Defense

February 6th, 2012

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In Our Defense

Marian Wright Edelman is one of the most influential African American women in the educational world.

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“I have finally been included in We, the People”: Barbara Jordan

February 5th, 2012

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“I have finally been included in We, the People”: Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan was the first African American to serve in the Texas State Senate after Reconstruction and the first African American woman from a Southern state elected to the United States Congress.

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Ever wonder why it’s called Coppin State University?

February 4th, 2012

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Ever wonder why it’s called Coppin State University?

Fannie Jackson Coppin was one of the first African-American women to ever graduate from a U.S. college.

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Spalding Expands the Definition of Black Art

February 3rd, 2012

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Spalding Expands the Definition of Black Art

A short profile of Esperanza Spalding.

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I Want to be Ida B. Wells When I Grow Up

February 2nd, 2012

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I Want to be Ida B. Wells When I Grow Up

I want to be Ida B. Wells when I grow up. If I had to choose just one black woman as my role model – and thank goodness I don’t have to choose just one – Ida B. Wells is that woman. Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862, Wells became, at 14, the de facto mother of her six siblings after a yellow fever epidemic killed her parents. She entered the battle for racial freedom in 1884 when she refused to give up her seat in the “ladies car” and move to the Jim Crow car on a Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Company train while traveling through Memphis. She took her case to court under the 1875 Civil Rights [...]

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Today’s Biography: Anna Julia Cooper

February 1st, 2012

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Today’s Biography: Anna Julia Cooper

Anna Julia Cooper’s contributions are much less familiar to those with casual knowledge of black history. The AJC Project is committed to returning this extraordinary thinker to a central role in our collective memory.

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