During World War II, African American troops were denied active combat roles and, like their civilian counterparts, faced institutionalized segregation. Three units of African American engineers were sent to Alaska and Canada to construct the 1,500-mile ALCAN Highway, a key defense for the United States. 


Cralle, Alfred L. (1866–1920) Alfred L. Cralle was an African American businessman and inventor who was best known for inventing the ice cream scoop in 1897.

Ruby Bridges​​

American activist known for being the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960.

Nina Simone an american singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement.

John Mercer Langston was an American abolitionist, attorney, educator, activist, diplomat, and politician. He was the first dean of the law school at Howard University and helped create the department.


The United States 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army called the “Buffalo Soldiers” you will hear some of the original members telling their story.

African American Showcase



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