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This document supplements Episode 2 of the History of American Slavery, our inaugural Slate Academy. Please join Slate’s Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onio ...

This document supplements Episode 2 of the History of American Slavery, our inaugural Slate Academy. Please join Slate’s Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onio ...

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., Sister of Diana Ross was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., Sister of Diana Ross was the first African American woman to be appointed dean of an American medical school.

Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray became the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in 1977 at the age of 67, the first Black deputy attorney general in the state of California in 1945, the first Black American to receive a J.S.D. from Yale Law School in 1965, and graduated first (and the only woman) in her Howard University Law School class in 1944.

Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray became the first African American woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in 1977 at the age of 67, the first Black deputy attorney general in the state of California in 1945, the first Black American to receive a J.S.D. from Yale Law School in 1965, and graduated first (and the only woman) in her Howard University Law School class in 1944.

I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live. - Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School

I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live. - Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers' murder. (John Loengard—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers' murder. (John Loengard—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Today’s Black inventor is Marie Van Brittan Brown. Brown along with her husband invented the home security system. Marie Van Brittan Brown (October 30, 1922 –…

Today’s Black inventor is Marie Van Brittan Brown. Brown along with her husband invented the home security system. Marie Van Brittan Brown (October 30, 1922 –…

Sarah Breedlove, aka Madame C J Walker, African American inventor and businesswoman who left millions to philanthropy and  helped fund much of the Harlem renaissance.

Sarah Breedlove, aka Madame C J Walker, African American inventor and businesswoman who left millions to philanthropy and helped fund much of the Harlem renaissance.

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