Throughout the United States and the world, powerful and notable contributions have been made by African Americans/Blacks.

Events such as the 1966 March Against Fear, encouraging voting rights for Blacks/African Americans, the March On Washington, in 1941, advancing economic and civil rights for African Americans/Blacks, and the March On Washington in 1963 where "I Have a Dream" resonated from the Lincoln Memorial - these events would not have graced the world had it not been for such legends as James Meredith, A. Philip Randolph, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many great heroes, along with many great heroines, pioneered advancements for all Americans. Through much perseverance and unparalleled determination, African Americans/Blacks have fought for the freedoms and civil rights of all people.

Featured Spotlight: Marcus Garvey

MarcusMarcus Garvey was a Jamaican journalist, entrepreneur, political leader and publisher. He was born on August 17, 1887 in St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica. Garvey left Jamaica in 1910 and began to travel throughout Central America. He spent several years in Costa Rica as an editor for a daily newspaper called La Nacionale. In 1914 Garvey organized the UNIA, Universal Negro Improvement Association and became one of the most influential leaders in the 20th Century. He began publishing The Negro World newspaper in New York on August 17, 1918. He worked hard to develop a program that would improve conditions of ethnic Africans. By August of 1920 his organization claimed over a million members. Garvey died in London on June 10,1940. His body was placed in the lower crypt in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. His body was removed 20 years later and taken to Jamaica.

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Feats, Facts & Firsts

Local elected official: John Mercer Langston, 1855, town clerk of Brownhelm Township, Ohio.

State elected official: Alexander Lucius Twilight, 1836, the Vermont legislature.

State elected official: Alexander Lucius Twilight, 1836, the Vermont legislature.

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