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Rev. Shuttlesworth, a civil rights hero who was hailed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his courage and energy

Coretta Scott King (1927 - 2006), center, poses with her children, clockwise from top left: Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, Yolanda King (1955 - 2007) and Bernice King. After her husband's assassination in 1968, King raised their children alone and carried on the fight for civil rights, hailed by many as the "first lady of the civil rights movement." (Getty Images / Gado / Afro American Newspapers)

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18 Famous Black People You May Not Have Known Were Black

Alessandro de Medici The Medici family played a major role in the Italian Renaissance. Not only did Alessandro patronize many of the greatest artists of the time, he was buried in a tomb designed by Michelangelo. Medici was the first black head of state in the Western World, but his ethnicity was rarely addressed. The prince was born to a black servant woman named Simonetta da Collavechio and 17-year-old Cardinal Giulio de Medici, who later became Pope Clement VII.

Marpessa Dawn. A great actress who many forgot, but who's performance in her first film, "Black Orpheus", is now a classic. wow!

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Meet the Native American Rachel Dolezal

Andrea Smith is a Native American activist and academic hailed for her Cherokee heritage. One small problem: She’s not Cherokee.

from The Daily Beast

Meet the Native American Rachel Dolezal

Andrea Smith is a Native American activist and academic hailed for her Cherokee heritage. One small problem: She’s not Cherokee.

Knappton Cove Heritage Center on Long Beach Peninsula, WA - Once serving as a quarantine station for immigrants to the West Coast of the United States, the Knappton Cover Heritage Center now holds some of the most interesting history of the Long Beach Peninsula. Hailed as the "Ellis Island of the Columbia River," Knappton Cove was the first stop for a huge number of folks who were seeking the American way of life, and its facilities treated a huge number of those infected with everything…