"Revealing Relevant African Americans of Illinois" is a new feature on the AAHM website intended to highlight exemplary African American men and women from Illinois who have truly made a difference.

Learn About Their Lives

Patricia Roberts Harris

Among her many accomplishments Patricia Harris was co-chair the National Women’s Committee for Human Rights under President John F. Kennedy. https://www.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy/explorer/peoplehistorical/170238.htm

Dr. Percy Lavon Julian

Dr. Julian rose to prominence in the field of organic chemistry as a research scientist.

Katherine Dunham

"Katherine Dunham revolutionized American dance in the 1930's by going to the roots of black dance and rituals transforming them into significant artistic choreography that speaks to all." http://kdcah.org/katherine-dunham-biography/