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Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Jr., literary critic, educator, scholar, writer, editor & public intellectual. He was the 1st African American to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, & has received 51 honorary degrees & numerous awards for his teaching, research & development of institutions to study Black culture. He is a professor at Harvard, where he is Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African & African American Research. He also hosts several PBS television…

African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and non-Herbal Treatments by Herbert C. Covey, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0739116452/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_3rXrsb07R2J8N

Mae Reeves and her husband Joel pose with her hats at Mae's Millinery in Philadelphia, circa 1953. In 1942, a time when few women were becoming entrepreneurs, Reeves opened what would become a Philadelphia institution with a $500 bank loan. Her hat shop, Mae's Millinery, helped dress some of the most famous African-American women. (Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey…

Zora Neale Hurston, Writer, Harlem Renaissance Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) was an African American folklorist and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, best known for the 1937 novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Queen Nzinga Mbande, (1583-1663) was a warrior queen of the Nzinga and Matamba and one of the greatest female African rulers who fought valiantly to keep her country's citizens from becoming victims of the slave trade.