Finding Hidden Figures with Gale’s Biography In Context

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| By Laura Avery |

February is Black History Month, which is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of Americans of African descent.

While Gale’s Biography In Context offers extensive content on well-known African Americans of various occupations, such as civil rights activists Pauli Murray and Fannie Lou Hamer, artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edmonia Lewis, and filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee, it is also a great resource to uncover the more “hidden” figures in history and of today.

Gale’s Biography In Context is a great resource for students to develop an understanding of diverse perspectives by expanding their knowledge of influential societal leaders, such as Alexa Canady, the first female African American neurosurgeon; John H. Johnson, founder of the eponymous publishing company that creates Ebony and Jet magazines; golfer Charlie Sifford, the first African American to win a major professional golf tournament; Mary Church Terrell, a lecturer, political activist, and educator, who dedicated her life to improving social conditions for women; Janet Collins, the first black prima ballerina to become a permanent member of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and many more!

Help your students meet the people who made history and uncover the truth behind their stories by visiting their topic pages in Gale’s Biography In Context. Download social media posts and other marketing materials >>

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Meet the Author

A longtime appreciator of words, Laura Avery has worked at Gale for nearly 20 years. A lover of cats, Junior Mints, and her kids (not necessarily in that order), Laura enjoys reading, visiting the Detroit Zoo, and binge-watching cooking shows.


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