Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Occupation: Women’s rights activist and abolitionist Born: November 12, 1815 in Johnstown, New York Died: October 26, 1902 in New York City, New York Best known for: A leader in the fight for women’s suffrage Biography: Where did Elizabeth Cady Stanton grow up? Elizabeth Cady was born in Johnstown, New York on November 12, 1815. […]

Maggie Walker, Bank On It

In the years after the Civil War, Virginia was not an easy place to live. The divide between rich and poor was as wide as ever and the chasm was considerably worse for newly emancipated blacks. Several benevolent societies were founded to help alleviate the postbellum poverty that had swept the country. In Richmond, the […]

Rebecca Lee Crumpler, A Medical Milestone

Because medical practitioners focus more on their patients than any notoriety, historical figures in medicine are often rendered obscure. Such is the case of Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African American woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. Crumpler was born in 1831 and raised by an aunt who spent much of […]

Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, Mind Mender

For years, the degenerative brain illness that came to be known as Alzheimer’s Disease was barely understood. Doctors struggled to determine the causes, why it affected the elderly, and most importantly, how it could be treated. In 1904 noted German psychiatrist Dr. Alois Alzheimer invited five foreign doctors to be his graduate research assistants at […]

Philip Emeagwali, A Calculating Move

It’s hard to say who invented the Internet. There were many mathematicians and scientists who contributed to its development; computers were sending signals to each other as early as the 1950s. But the Web owes much of its existence to Philip Emeagwali, a math whiz who came up with the formula for allowing a large […]

FRED HAMPTON (1948-1969)

Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Dirksen Federal Building, 1969 Photo by Paul Sequeira, Fair use image Fred Hampton, deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, was born on August 30, 1948 and raised in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Illinois. In high school he excelled in academics and athletics. After Hampton graduated from high school, he […]