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Mary Winston Jackson (April 9, 1921 – February 11, 2005) was an American mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which in 1958 was succeeded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She worked at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia for most of her career. She started at the segregated West Area Computing division. She took advanced engineering classes and in 1958 became NASA's first black female engineer. ...

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Robinson spent 56 years as the head coach at historically black Grambling State University beginning in 1941 when he was hired by college president and head baseball coach, Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, an African American. More than 200 of his players went on to play in the American Football League, CFL, and NFL.

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Ralph Ellison

Ralph Waldo Ellison was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953. He also wrote Shadow and Act, a collection of political, social and critical essays, and Going to the Territory. For The New York Times, the best of these essays in addition to the novel put him "among the gods of America's literary Parnassus." A posthumous novel, Juneteenth, was published after being assembled from voluminous notes he left after his death.


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