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

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.

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 However, historical documents refer to her as the “rebels (sic) warrior woman,”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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George Washington Carver: Scientist and Inventor

AFRICANGLOBE – “All mankind are the beneficiaries of his discoveries in the field of agricultural chemistry,” stated the late U.S. President Franklin T. Roosevelt. “The things which he achieved in the face of early handicaps will for all time afford an inspiring example to youth everywhere.”

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St. Yared of Aksum

AFRICANGLOBE – Saint Yared (April 25, 505 – May 20, 571) was a legendary Ethiopian musician credited with inventing the sacred music tradition of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Ethiopia’s system of musical notation.

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Hannibal Barca of Carthage History’s Greatest General

AFRICANGLOBE – In 247 B.C., the year Hannibal Barca was born, the Carthage empire was about 500 years old. Known as one of the greatest strategist in military history, the battles of Hannibal would strike a turning point in the history of the continent that would be called Africa.

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Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan

AFRICANGLOBE – Professor Yosef Ben-Jochannan is an Egyptologist. Having taught at Cornell University for over 15 years, Dr. Ben, as he is affectionately known, has lectured widely on both sides of the Atlantic. His theme – the ancient civilizations of Egypt. His presentations have placed him in great demand by students and community groups, especially those of African descent.

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