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Hattiesburg police received a call at four Thursday afternoon from the Jr. Food Mart on the corner of West 4th Street and Main Street when a man was harassing customers at gas pumps. When the officersMore >>
Hattiesburg police received a call at four Thursday afternoon from the Jr. Food Mart on the corner of West 4th Street and Main Street when a man was harassing customers at gas pumps.More >>
Black Americans You Never Heard Of (But Should Know)Black History Month: BiographiesMore>>
African-Americans have contributed to American society in every walk of life, and one purpose of Black History Month is to call attention to some of those who may have escaped notice. Here are 10 brief biographies from the Profile America series produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.More >>
Sarah Breedlove Walker was born the daughter of former slaves and orphaned at the age of seven. She went on to become America's first African American woman millionaire business-owner.
Faced with the loss of her own hair from a scalp ailment, Walker - by then known as Madame C. J. Walker - invented a new hair-care process and began marketing a line of cosmetics for black women in 1905. She funded scholarships and donated funds that allowed Frederick Douglass's home to be turned into a museum.
Now, 38 percent of the nation's African American owned businesses are headed by women -- a higher percentage than any other minority race or ethnic group.
This profile is adapted from Profile America, a radio series produced by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2004.
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