Madam Sul-Te-Wan

~ Madam Sul-Te-Wan ~  Prominent Black Actress During Silent Film Era By Dale Shields Madame Sul-Te-Wan (Nellie Conley) –  (1873-1959), was one of the most prominent Black actresses during the silent film era. “We never did discover the origin of her name. No one was bold enough to ask.” – Actress Lillian Gish. Madame Sul-Te-Wan career …

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William Edmondson – Artist

                  “I was just doing the Lord’s work,” he said in one interview. “I didn’t know I was no artist until them folks come and told me I was.” William Edmonson became the first African American artist whose work received a one-man show exhibit at MOMA.  He …

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Debra Byrd

A powerhouse of talent, Debra Byrd (born in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American vocaist who has worked with Barry Manilow and Bob Dylan, appeared on Broadway, and serves as the head vocal coach for American Idol and Canadian Idol, also singing backup for the contestants. She also helped judge Military Idol, a singing competition where …

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Dr. Manning Marable – Author, Educator

* Dr. Manning Marable * Born May 13, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio Died April 1, 2011, in New York City, New York Education: B.A., Earlham College, 1971; M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1976. Memberships: National Black Political Assembly; Democratic Socialists of America; Committees of Correspondence; Organization of American Historians; Association …

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