Famous Black Educators

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Booker T. Washington
(American Educator Who was the Dominant Leader of the African-American Community Between 1890 and 1915)
Booker T. Washington
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Birthdate: April 5, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Westlake Corner, Virginia, United States
Died: November 14, 1915
Booker T. Washington was born into slavery but rose to be an advisor to many U.S. presidents and also became the director of the Tuskegee Institute. His Atlanta Compromise, initially accepted and later rejected by black leaders, urged the blacks to work for their freedom through education and not revolt.
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Betty Shabazz
(Educator and Activist Best Known as the Wife of African-American Activist Malcolm X)
Betty Shabazz
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Birthdate: May 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23, 1997

Civil rights activist and educator Betty Shabazz, or Betty X, was the wife of Black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Raised by her adoptive parents in Detroit, she met Malcolm X at a Nation of Islam event in Harlem. She died when her apartment was set on fire set by her grandson.

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Ennis Cosby
(Teacher)
Ennis Cosby
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Birthdate: April 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 16, 1997

The only son of comedian Bill Cosby, Ennis Cosby made headlines when he was shot dead at 27, in an attempted robbery on a deserted Southern California road. He was dyslexic and discussed his disability with the children he taught as a student-teacher at the Alfred E. Smith Elementary School.

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Wynton Marsalis
(Trumpeter)
Wynton Marsalis
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Birthdate: October 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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Mamie Till
(American Civil Rights Activist, Who Lost Her Son 'Emmett Till' to a Racist Attack)
Mamie Till
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Birthdate: November 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Webb, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 6, 2003

Following the violent lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till by a group of white men, his mother Mamie Till-Mobley made a marked contribution to the fight against racism. She became a prominent civil rights activist and established the Emmett Till Players, a group that lectured on hope and unity.

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Graça Machel
(First Lady of Mozambique (1975-1986), First Lady of South Africa (1998-1999))
Graça Machel
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Birthdate: October 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gaza Province, Mozambique

Graça Machel is known for her association with Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and has been the country’s first education minister. She has also been married to both former Mozambican president Samora Machel and South African president Nelson Mandela. Through The Elders, she is devoted to working for women’s and children’s rights.

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John McWhorter
(American Linguist and Author)
John McWhorter
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Birthdate: October 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia
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Myles Munroe
(Writer)
Myles Munroe
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Birthdate: April 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
Died: November 9, 2014
 9 
Carter Woodson
(Historian)
Carter Woodson
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Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia, United States
Died: April 3, 1950

Historian Carter Woodson was is remembered for pioneering Black studies in schools and colleges. He began the Negro History Week, which is now celebrated as the Black History Month. Poverty had pushed him to work in the coal mines initially, and he couldn’t join high school before 20.

Stephen McKinley Henderson
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Birthdate: August 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, USA

Best known for his work in the plays of August Wilson, actor Stephen McKinley Henderson has also impressed audiences with his roles in movies such as Lincoln and Dune. The Juilliard-educated actor has also been nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the play Fences.

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T'Keyah Crystal Keymah
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Birthdate: October 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Max Roach
(Musician)
Max Roach
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Birthdate: January 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pasquotank County, North Carolina, U.S.
Died: August 16, 2007
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Ron Carter
(Musician)
Ron Carter
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Birthdate: May 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ferndale, Michigan, U.S.
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W. C. Handy
(Composer)
W. C. Handy
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Birthdate: November 16, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Alabama, United States
Died: March 28, 1958
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Yusef Abdul Lateef
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Birthdate: October 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: December 23, 2013
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Anita Hill
(American Lawyer Who in 1991 Accused U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment)
Anita Hill
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Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lone Tree, Oklahoma, United States
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Richard Allen
(American Clergyman Who was the First Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church)
Richard Allen
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Birthdate: February 14, 1760
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 26, 1831

Born to slave parents, American clergyman Richard Allen became a Methodist convert at 22. He later founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church and served as its first bishop. Apart from establishing the first church for Blacks in the U.S., he worked on various aspects to improve the lives of Blacks.

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Ron Dellums
(Politician)
Ron Dellums
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Birthdate: November 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.
Died: July 30, 2018
 19 
Louise Bennett-Coverley
(Jamaican Poet, Folklorist, Writer, and Educator)
Louise Bennett-Coverley
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Birthdate: September 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 26, 2006
Louise Bennett-Coverley was a Jamaican poet, writer, folklorist, and educator. She is best remembered for her work to preserve the practice of presenting stories, folk songs, and poetry in the national language, patois. Louise Bennett-Coverley wrote and performed her poems in Creole, and established the validity of a local language like Jamaican Patois for literary expression. 
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Ellis Marsalis Jr.
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Birthdate: November 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: April 1, 2020
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Maggie Lena Draper Walker
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Birthdate: July 15, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 15, 1934
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Melvin Tolson
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Birthdate: February 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moberly, Missouri, United States
Died: August 29, 1966
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Babatunde Olatunji
(Musician, Percussionist)
Babatunde Olatunji
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Birthdate: April 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ajido
Died: April 6, 2003
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Robert Parris Moses
(Former Civil rights activist known for Freedom Summer, Algebra Project)
Robert Parris Moses
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Birthdate: January 23, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, United States
Died: July 25, 2021
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Natasha Trethewey
3
Birthdate: April 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi, United States
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Septima Poinsette Clark
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Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Died: December 15, 1987
 27 
Archie Shepp
(Jazz Saxophonist)
Archie Shepp
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Birthdate: May 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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Theaster Gates
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
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Anthony Braxton
(Composer)
Anthony Braxton
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Birthdate: June 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Woody Shaw
(Trumpeter, Composer)
Woody Shaw
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Birthdate: December 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Laurinburg, North Carolina, United States
Died: May 10, 1989
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Walter Rodney
(Historian, political activist)
Walter Rodney
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Birthdate: March 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Georgetown, British Guiana
Died: June 13, 1980
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Edna Lewis
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Birthdate: April 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Freetown, Virginia, United States
Died: February 13, 2006
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E. R. Braithwaite
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Birthdate: June 27, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: December 12, 2016
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Derrick Bell
(Lawyer)
Derrick Bell
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Birthdate: November 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 5, 2011
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Autherine Lucy
(Civil Rights Activist, Educator)
Autherine Lucy
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Birthdate: October 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shiloh, Alabama, United States
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Jackie McLean
(Musician)
Jackie McLean
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Birthdate: May 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: March 31, 2006
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Richard Theodore Greener
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Birthdate: January 30, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 2, 1922
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Barry Harris
(Pianist)
Barry Harris
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Birthdate: December 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
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Mokgweetsi Masisi
(5th President of Botswana)
Mokgweetsi Masisi
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Birthdate: July 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mosopa, Botswana
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Geoffrey Canada
(Educator)
Geoffrey Canada
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Birthdate: January 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
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John Edgar Wideman
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Birthdate: June 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Carole Simpson
(Broadcaster)
Carole Simpson
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Birthdate: December 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Marjorie Lee Browne
(Mathematics Educator)
Marjorie Lee Browne
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Birthdate: September 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: October 19, 1979
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June Jordan
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Birthdate: July 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: June 14, 2002
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Toni Cade Bambara
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Birthdate: March 25, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 1995
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Janet Collins
(Ballet Dancer)
Janet Collins
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Birthdate: March 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 28, 2003
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Edward Wilmot Blyden
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Birthdate: August 3, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: February 7, 1912
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David Kato
(Teacher)
David Kato
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Birthdate: February 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mukono, Uganda
Died: January 26, 2011
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Mulgrew Miller
(American musician)
Mulgrew Miller
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Birthdate: August 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi, United States
Died: May 29, 2013
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Wadada Leo Smith
(Trumpeter)
Wadada Leo Smith
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Birthdate: December 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leland, Mississippi, United States