Famous African Americans
On May 2, 1964 Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee were kidnapped and murdered by the KKK in Meadville, MS. Their bodies were found in July of that year during a search for civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney but no legal action was taken at that time. In 2004 Canadian filmmaker David Ridgen discovered a film clip of the bodies being recovered which led to the arrest and conviction of the murderer.
15-year-old Janet Collins tried out for the renowned Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo company in 1932 but she declined to join when she found out that she would not be allowed to perform without painting her African American skin white. She went on to become the first (and still to this day, only) Prima Ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera, in 1951. (Photo via PrimaJanetCollins.com) nwhm.org | National Women's History Museum |
Janet Collins. First Black PrimaBallerina Janet Collins (March 7, 1917 in New Orleans, Louisiana – May 28, 2003 in Fort Worth, Texas) was a ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She performed on Broadway, in films, and appeared frequently on television. After moving to Los Angeles at the age of 4, Collins, received her first dance training at a Catholic community center. Collins studied primarily with Carmelita Maracci, Lester Horton, and Adolph Bolm, who were a few ballet teachers...
Nandi Queen of Zululand (1778-1826 AD) HM Rahsaan Fort II (1950-) Married to the King of Zululand, Nandi gave him a son, Shaka but was banished because the king’s other wives were jealous. Nandi made many sacrifices for her son and raised Shaka as royalty. He later became the greatest of all Zulu kings. Today Zulu people use her name to refer to a woman of high esteem.
The Richest Person Of All-Time: Musa I was the Mansa (the emperor) of Mali for 25 years in the 1300’s. The Mali Empire had a vast amount of wealth at the time. The family had just about every valuable asset in their region of the world for a very long time, so Musa I controlled most everything. Mansa wasn’t the only title he had, as Musa I ended up with over a dozen titles. He constructed an empire, and made himself the wealthiest man to ever live.
Mary Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1844–September 17, 1907) was the first African American and Native American woman to gain fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world. She was of African American, Haitian and Ojibwe descent. This sculpture of white marble is "Death of Cleopatra.". It is in the Smithsonian.
Mary Edmonia Lewis (ca. July 4, 1844–September 17, 1907) was an American sculptor of mixed race (African, Ojibwe and Haitian) who worked for most of her career in Rome. She was the first African American and Native American woman to gain fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world.