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Guest ContributorFebruary 7, 2012 by Jennifer Ball and Scott Cooperstein
As a small boy, a barely 12-year-old Charles Dickens spent days "of humiliation and neglect" pasting labels onto jars of black boot polish, in a rat-infested London warehouse. He saw his relatives only on Sundays, when he visited Marshalsea debtor's prison...
February 3, 2012 by Leila Tahaalso in this article
Civil Rights Activist, Actor, Football Player, Lawyer, Singer / 1898 - 1976
Paul Robeson was an acclaimed 20th century performer known for productions like The Emperor Jones and Othello. He was also an international activist.
Film Actress / 1895 - 1952
Actress and radio performer Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, for her supporting role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
January 26, 2012 by Leila Taha
Nicknamed "Jack the Dripper" for his technique of dripping paint over a canvas on the floor, Jackson Pollock is one of the most celebrated American artists in history. Born in 1912, Pollock had a reputation as an alcoholic, a recluse, and a pioneer...also in this article