Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928
American writer, singer, actress, and activist, Maya Angelou is always speaking on the human condition and African-American struggle. “I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about what we can endure, dream, fail at and still survive.”
Regina Anderson, May, 21 1901-February 5, 1993
Librarian and playwright, Anderson was a professional librarian for New York city and received a masters from Columbia University. As a librarian in New York she sponsored and promoted artist and their projects during the Harlem Renaissance movement.
Marita Bonner, June 16, 1898 – December 6, 1971
Part of the Harlem Renaissance movement, educated in Brookline Massachusetts public schools and Radcliffe College, Bonner published several short stories and essays from 1924 to 1941 in “Opportunity”, “The Crisis” and “Black Life” and other magazines. Many of her stories dealt with class, gender, racism, and poverty.
W.E.B. Du Bois, February 23, 1868- August 27, 1963
During his lifetime he was a champion for African-American rights. Du Bois tackled racism, human rights, politics, and was head of the National Association for Advancement of Color People in 1910 and founder and editor of the NAACP journal “The Crisis”.
Benjamin Banneker, November 9, 1731-October 9, 1806
A free African-American, Banneker was a mathematician, astronomer, author, surveyor, almanac, and farmer. Banneker created the first striking clock 1753.
Cornel West June 2, 1953
Graduated from Howard University, received a PhD from Princeton University, Mr. West speaks and writes on democracy, race, religion and ethics. He is a professor at Princeton, where he teaches African-American studies.