Dr. Betty Wright Harris: Master Chemist

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          Dr. Betty Wright Harris: Master Chemist   Betty Wright Harris was born on July 29th, 1940 to parents Henry Hudson “Jake” Wright and Legertha Evelyn Thompson Wright, in Ouachita Parish, Monroe, Louisiana. She was one of eleven children raised on the farm her parents worked on until they were able […]

Abdias do Nascimento: Afro-Brazilian Activist

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  Abdias do Nascimento: Afro-Brazilian Activist   On March 14, 1914, Abdias do Nascimento was born to parents Josina and Bem-Bem Nascimento in Franca, Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a child Nascimento experienced racism on several occasions from Italians and Brazilians who did not identify with Afro-Brazilians or lower class Brazilians. He would briefly join the […]

Dr. Marie Maynard Daly: The First African-American PhD. in Chemistry

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    Dr. Marie Maynard Daly: The First African-American PhD. in Chemistry April 16, 1921, Marie Maynard Daly was born in Queens, New York to parents Ivan Daly and Helen Page. Her father was a postal clerk from the British West Indies and her mother was a native of New York. Marie was inspired by […]

Indigenous Australian Activists Dr. Evelyn Scott

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  Indigenous Australian Activists Dr. Evelyn Scott In 1935, Evelyn Ruth Backo was born in Ingham, Queensland, Australia; she is the granddaughter of a former slave who was kidnapped from the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Early in life Evelyn’s father gave her sound advice about challenging social injustices, he stated “If you don’t think […]

Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana

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  Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana   Between 1840 and 1863 in Mashonaland which is present day northern Zimbabwe, was born a woman who would help change the course of history in Zimbabwe. At the time of her birth Charwe Nyakasikana was considered to be a medium between the spirit and physical realms. Nyaksikana was the daughter […]

Madison Washington: The Free Man Who Led A Successful Slave Revolt

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    Madison Washington Madison Washington was a man born into slavery in Virginia who managed to escape, but risked his own freedom to help free his beloved Susan. Washington was described as having extraordinary African features, superb leadership qualities and a fierce spirit. He was considered a fugitive for escaping slavery and heading north […]