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June 24, 1896: Booker T. Washington, president of Tuskegee Institute, becomes the first African American to be awarded an honorary degree by Harvard University. Born into slavery in Virginia, Washington moved to Alabama in 1881 to open Tuskegee Normal School. He soon gained fame as an educational leader among black Americans, a fact which Harvard recognized with a Master of Arts degree.

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DR. HENRY SAMPSON JR. – INVENTOR OF THE CELL PHONE

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Sheila Johnson (1st African American female billionaire in 2001)

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Sadie T.M Alexander, 1st African-American woman to receive a PhD in the U.S. in 1921 & 1st African-Ameican to graduate from Univ. of Penn Law School & admitted to PA Bar

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Thomas Mundy Peterson, first African American to vote, March 31, 1870. yup, African American men were given the right to vote before women of any color.

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