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James Weldon Johnson June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938 1st African-American Professor at New York University (NYU), Creative Literature and Education Most noted for penning “Lift E’vry Voice and Sing” Author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist For more information: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/arch/175/pages/jwj.htm http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/johnson/life.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Weldon_Johnson

Gina Prince-Bythewood (born Gina Maria Prince) June 10, 1969 – Screenwriter and Director Credits include Love & Basketball, Disappearing Acts, and The Life of Bees (adapted from Sue Monk Kidd) For more information: http://www.tft.ucla.edu/profiles/social/gina-prince-bythewood/ http://www.thegrio.com/black-history/thegrios-100/thegrios-100-gina-prince-bythewood.php http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0697656/bio http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gina_Prince-Bythewood

John H. Johnson January 19, 1918 – August 8, 2005 African American Entrepreneur and Publisher Started the first commercially successful black magazine, The Negro Digest, in 1942 Later produced the more successful Ebony (1945) and Jet (1951) magazines For more information: Ebony, March 1982, p. 129  (searchable in Google Books) http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=1047&category=mediaMakers http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/09/business/media/09johnson.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H._Johnson

Feb. 4 In Honor of Mark Whitaker

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In this Black History Month, we honor: Mark Whitaker September 7, 1957 – Journalist, Writer, Editor, Vice President Author of memoir My Long Trip Home Newsweek‘s First Black Editor, and the first African American to lead a national news magazine For more information: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/books/my-long-trip-home-by-mark-whitaker-review.html http://reliablesources.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/06/whitaker-newsweeks-first-black-editor/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Whitaker_%28CNN%29

Robert C. Weaver becomes first African-American Cabinet member In U. S. Government on January 18, 1966 For more information please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_C._Weaver

Arturo “Arthur” Alfonso Schomburg 1874 – 1938 Foremost Bibliophile and Collector of Books On Black Culture and History Born in Santurce, PR in 1874 to a German father and mother of St. Croix US V.I. heritage. For more information: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arturo_Alfonso_Schomburg

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