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Oscar Micheaux: First to put black films on the silver screen
Micheaux incorporated African Americans from casting to funding to production
Maggie Walker: Banking and civil rights
Walker was a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader.
Jackie Ormes: The first female African American cartoonist
Jackie Ormes used cartoons to talk about the social and environmental issues that mattered to the black community. So why has she been forgotten?
Thomas Jennings perfected dry cleaning as he pushed for abolition
Thomas Jennings was the first African American to receive a U.S. patent, 44 years before slavery ended.
Love the ice cream truck? Thank inventor Fred Jones
After Fred Jones lost a truckload of overheated chickens, he invented the refrigerated truck. Jones was self-taught, but took out 60 patents in his lifetime.