Black Studies: Resources you can use from home
Door panel, Yoruba people, Nigeria circa 1910–1914
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Find out more about the Black Studies Program at San Diego City College
A list of Notable Black American is far too extensive to be included here. Below are just a few you may be interested in knowing that are not necessarily famous. A very small sampling:
In San Diego
Roberta Alexander: “Dr. Roberta Alexander, Professor Emeritus at San Diego City College, talks about her family background in California, her mixed-race heritage, and activist roots, including her time with the Black Panther Party.”
Blacks who shaped Julian, California. This Smithsonian Magazine article "The Trailblazing Black Entrepreneurs Who Shaped a 19th-Century California Boomtown" explores several people's lives and includes links to more detailed information.
Beyond San Diego
6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion: "The 6888th was a multi-ethnic [World War II] unit that was predominantly Black with at least one Puerto Rican and Mexican woman."
Artists: African Americans artists in the National Gallery of Art such as the “paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculpture ranging from a still-life painting by Robert Seldon Duncanson to modern and contemporary pieces by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Kara Walker, and more”
Ruby Bridges: “the first African American child to desegregate William Frantz Elementary School. At six years old…”
Gwendolyn Brooks: Pulitzer Prize Winner for Poetry
Celebrating 10 African-American medical pioneers from Association of American Medical Colleges
Christopher Emdin: Keynote speaker at the 2023 San Diego City College HUBU Conference. He "is a tenured professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education."
Mary Fields: Mail carrier “one of the toughest, most resilient residents of Cascade, Montana.”
Rudolph Fisher: “Physician and literary wit of the Harlem Renaissance”.
Earnest J. Gaines: Author, educator and "recipient of the National Humanities Medal, National Medal of the Art, Chavalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the government of France, and a National Books Critics Circle Award winner..." in addition to well over 20 other awards, degrees and honorary degrees.
Sam Gilliam: “One of the great innovators in post-war American painting.”
Nikole Hannah-Jones: 1619 Project lead.
Mary W. Jackson: “Aerospace engineer and leader in ensuring equal opportunities for future generations” Featured in the book/movie Hidden Figures.
Katherine G. Johnson: NASA mathematician. Featured in the book/movie Hidden Figures.
Little Richard: PBS American Masters states "The Beatles and The Rolling Stones supported him, and drew inspiration from his musicianship and stagecraft. He would go on to influence artists as diverse as David Bowie, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Prince, and he spent his career advocating for the rights of Black artists." Here is his page in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Gregory Robinson, James Webb Space Telescope Program Director and from New York Times July 11, 2022. He Fixed NASA’s Giant Space Telescope, Reluctantly.
Air Force Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal: “One of eight female pilots ever to fly the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft and the only black female pilot in U-2 history.”
Dorothy Vaughn: “expert in digital computers and their applications in NASA programs.” Featured in the book/movie Hidden Figures.
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