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Donald Byrd

February 2, 2014

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Donald Byrd was considered one of the finest hard bop trumpeters of the post-Clifford Brown era. He recorded prolifically as both a leader and sideman from the mid-’50s into the mid-’60s, most often for Blue Note, where he established a reputation as a solid stylist with a clean tone, clear articulation, and a knack for […]

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Carmen de Lavallade

February 2, 2014

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Carmen de Lavallade was born of creole parents in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles by her aunt. She studied dance as a young child, and at 16 received a scholarship to study with Lester Horton. She joined the Lester Horton Dance Theater in 1949 and was a lead dancer from 1950 to 1954. […]

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George Washington Carver

February 2, 2014

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It is rare to find a man of the caliber of George Washington Carver. A man who would decline an invitation to work for a salary of more than $100,000 a year (almost a million today) to continue his research on behalf of his countrymen. Agricultural Chemistry As an agricultural chemist, Carver discovered three hundred […]

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Emmett W. Chappelle

February 16, 2012

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Emmett W. Chappelle Emmett W. Chappelle is the recipient of 14 U.S. patents and was recently recognized as one of the 100 most distinguished African American Scientists and Engineers of the 20th Century. He started with Nasa in 1966 in support of Nasa’s Manned space flight initiatives. He pioneered the development of the ingredients ubiquitous […]

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