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Do You Know These African-American Pioneers?

Everybody knows about famous African-American firsts like Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. But did you know about the amazing feats of these lesser-known black pioneers?

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Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)


Booker T. Washington was a man of many firsts. He was the first African-American to be invited to the White House, by President Theodore Roosevelt. He was also the first African-American to be depicted on a postage stamp. For much of his career, Washington was the director of the Tuskegee Institute, a teaching college for African-Americans, but he gained much of his fame from his eloquent and impassioned push for racial equality.

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