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...Whipper, William William Whipper was born on 22 February 1804 in Drumore Township (now Little Britain Township) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Nance, a female slave, and a white merchant. He was raised in the home...
...Howard Thurman was born on 18 November 1899 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The racial discrimination policies of Daytona prevented black youth from attending local high schools. Thurman left Daytona to receive his secondary education...
...Joseph Washington was born on 30 October 1930 in Iowa City, Iowa. He received a BA degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. After serving in the United States Army for two years, Washington continued his training...
...Delany, Martin Robison Martin Robison Delany was born in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) on 6 May 1812, and he died on 24 January 1885 in Wilberforce, Ohio. His father, Samuel, was a slave but his mother, Pati Peace, was a free...
...Stewart, Maria Miller Maria Miller was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1803 (detailed information about her African American family and birth is not known). By age five she was orphaned and worked as a servant with a clergyman's family...
...Alexander Crummell was born 3 March 1819 in New York City, and died on 10 September 1898 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. His father, Boston Crummell, was born in Sierra Leone and worked as an oysterman. His mother, Charity Hicks...
...Johnson, Charles Spurgeon Charles Spurgeon Johnson was born on 24 July 1893 in Bristol, Virginia, the son of former slaves. He received his BA degree with honors from Virginia Union University in 1916 and began graduate work...
...Fontaine, William Thomas Valeria William Thomas Fontaine was born on 2 December 1909 in Chester, Pennsylvania, an industrial town on the Delaware River, south of Philadelphia. He received a BA from Lincoln University in 1930, and an MA...
...Baraka, Imamu Amiri Amiri Baraka was born LeRoi Jones on 7 October 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, to an ambitious lower-middle-class family. His education included a BA in 1954 from Howard University, and graduate study at the New School...
...Benjamin Banneker, Benjamin Banneker was a multitalented free black man from Maryland who gained prominence in several occupations, including surveying, publishing, astronomy, and mathematics. Banneker's grandmother was Molly Walsh...