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Meet George Alcorn – Inventor Of The Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer

Meet George Alcorn – Inventor Of The Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer

AFRICANGLOBE – Not many inventors have resumes as impressive as George Edward Alcorn’s. Among his credits, the inventor received a B.A. in physics, a master’s degree in nuclear physics and a Ph.D in atomic and molecular physics. On top of that, Alcorn worked for the likes of Philco-Ford, Perkin-Elmer, IBM and NASA, created over 20 different inventions and was granted eight patents.

Oscar Micheaux: An Early African American Filmmaker

AFRICANGLOBE – The long history of African American film is almost a national secret. Oscar Micheaux has been the most astonishing early independent Black filmmaker, renown for his great contributions to a film genre that was termed race films. He has wrote, directed, produced and distributed forty-four films between 1918 and 1948. Twenty-four of these films were feature length. His last feature film was ‘Betrayal,” released in 1948.

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J. A. Rogers: Historian, Journalist And Author

AFRICANGLOBE – Joel Augustus Rogers was born September 6, 1880 in Negril, Jamaica and died on March 26, 1966 in New York City. Rogers was a historian, journalist and author whose works made great contributions to the history of Africa and its diaspora.

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Don’t Forget The Contributions Of Black History Giant Hubert Harrison

AFRICANGLOBE – Hubert H. Harrison (1883-1927) is one of the truly important figures of 20th-century history. A brilliant writer, orator, educator, critic and political activist, he was described by the historian Joel A. Rogers, in World’s Great Men of Color as “the foremost Afro-American intellect of his time.” This extraordinary praise came amid chapters on Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, William Monroe Trotter and Marcus Garvey.

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Biddy Mason, From Slavery To One Of LA’ Wealthiest Black Entrepreneurs

AFRICANGLOBE – Bridget “Biddy” Mason was born on August 15, 1818 in Georgia. Mason was born into slavery and before her death in 1891 she became one of Los Angeles’ wealthiest Black residents and philanthropists.

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Pioneering Aviator Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman

On June 15, 1921, Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman became not only the first Black woman to earn an international aviation license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, and the first American of any gender or ethnicity to do so, but the first African-American woman to earn an aviation pilot’s license. Determined to polish her skills, Coleman spent the next two months taking lessons from a French ace pilot near Paris, and in September 1921 sailed for New York. She became a media sensation when she returned to the United States.

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Nanny Of The Maroons: Jamaica’s Warrior Queen

AFRICANGLOBE – Queen Nanny or Nanny (c. 1685 – unknown, circa 1755), Jamaican National Hero, was a well-known leader of the Jamaican Maroons in the eighteenth century. Much of what is known about Nanny comes from oral history as little textual evidence exists. However, historical documents refer to her as the “rebels (sic) warrior woman,”

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Emperor Menelik II Of Ethiopia (1844-1913)

AFRICANGLOBE – Menelik II (August 17, 1844 – December 12, 1913), Conquering Lion of Judah, Elect of God, King of Kings of Ethiopia was negus negust (emperor) of Ethiopia from 1889 to his death. Menelik II The son of King Haile Melekot of Shoa (1847 – 1855), was born in 1844 in Ankober, Shoa and heir to the Shewan branch of the Solomonic Dynasty which claimed descent from King Solomon of ancient Israel, and the Queen of Sheba.

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Queen Amina Of Zazzau: A West African Warrior Queen

AFRICANGLOBE – Queen Amina is a legend among the Hausa people for her military exploits. She controlled the trade routes in the region, erecting a network of commerce within the great earthen walls that surrounded Hausa cities within her dominion. According to the Kano Chronicle, she conquered as far as Nupe and Kwarafa, ruling for 34 years.

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