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'Real McCoy' credited for 50 inventions

Often regarded as one of the most famous black inventors ever, Elijah McCoy was credited for 50 inventions over the span of his career.
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First home security system invented by Black nurse

Did you know that the first home security system was invented by a Black nurse? Meet Marie Van Brittan Brown.
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Dr. Jackson invented touch-tone phone, caller ID, call waiting and more

Dr. Shirley Jackson, an American physicist who received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, was the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear physics at MIT. In addition to her lengthy list of academic ...
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Love your lights? Thank Lewis Latimer

Inventor and engineer Lewis Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on September 4, 1848. He collaborated with science greats Hiram Maxim and Thomas Edison.
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William Shatner to perform at Rialto in January

William Shatner, the staccato-talking thespian of Star Trek and T.J. Hooker fame will bring his one man show "SHATNER’S WORLD- WE JUST LIVE IN IT" to Joliet in January.
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Dancer Misty Copeland inspires new generation of ballerinas

“This is for the little brown girls,” writes Misty Copeland in the prologue of her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,
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Tony Dungy

Anthony Kevin "Tony" Dungy is a former professional American football player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in Super ...
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Grandmaster Flash

There are lots of stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock n’ roll, but hip-hop has founding fathers: one of them is DJ Grandmaster Flash. In the early 70’s Joseph Saddler was living in the South ...
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Louis Gossett Jr

Born May 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Lou has a flair for projecting quiet authority and has scored well personally in a string of diverse and occasionally challenging roles. The aspiring actor caught a break at his first Broadway audition ...
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President Barack Obama

His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in ...
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Sanya Richards-Ross

4x Olympic Gold Medalist, Entrepreneur, Reality Show Star
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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas, a prominent photo conceptual artist, grew up surrounded by art and culture.
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Marcus Stroud

A self-proclaimed “country boy” from South Georgia, NFL veteran and philanthropist Marcus Stroud remains humble and grateful for his experiences during and after the NFL. Marcus was the 13th overall pick in the 2001 draft and played for 10 years ...
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Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! was created in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners.
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Baratunde Thurston

Co-Founder & CEO of Cultivated Wit, Author, Comedian
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