Fanny Jackson Coppin was an African-American educator and missionary and a lifelong advocate for female higher education.
Charles Lewis Reason was a mathematician, linguist, and educator. He became the first African-American university professor at a predominantly white college in the United States,
Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett was an African American who was appointed United States Ambassador to Haiti in 1869. He was the first African-American diplomat and the fourth U.S. ambassador to Haiti since the two countries established relations in 1862.
Octavius Valentine Catto was a black educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist in Philadelphia.
Martha A Fairburn was the first female graduate of the Philadelphia Institute of colored Youth now Cheyney University.
Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital served as the first female president of Cheyney, the oldest historically black college in the country.
Leslie Pinckney Hill was an educator, author, poet, dramatist, and community leader.
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483, was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.